May 082011

There have been a couple of interesting announcements in the last couple of weeks about the support for Perl programming from cloud suppliers.

It’s good to see Perl given support in this area. If you see any more suppliers adding Perl to their platforms then please let us know in the comments.

May 042011

The second release candidate for Perl 5.14.0 is available for download from CPAN.

Since RC1:

  • Fixed a regression related to Unicode and character classes reported by George Greer
  • Muzzled several tests that hang on a variety of platforms
  • Fixed a typo that caused build problems with the vendor compiler on Solaris x86_64
  • Documented several new features that had previously been undocumented

While Perl5-Porters go to great lengths to ensure that new versions of Perl don’t break existing programs, it does happen. It’s really, really important that all unintentional breakages are caught before the final release of Perl 5.14.0.

As always, don’t get rid of your old perl before you know your stuff works with the new one.

If no “showstopper” class bugs are found in the next 7 days, Perl5-Porters will release a virtually identical tarball as Perl 5.14.0 on Wednesday, May 11.