Apr 212013
 

Andy Lester has announced the release of ack 2.0. ack is designed to help programmers who need to search large amounts source code – fast.

ack was originally developed to be better than the unix grep (file pattern searcher) command, and as pointed out in the announcement is now trying to focus on going beyond even that.

ack is cross-platform and pure Perl – so will run on all platforms, including Windows, and is very easy to install.

For more information visit the ack website.

Apr 102013
 

Best Practical have announced an upgrade and new features for https://rt.cpan.org/.

https://rt.cpan.org/ is the issue tracking system available for every one of the 27,000+ open source distributions released through CPAN.

New features include:

  • Mobile support (also accessible from https://rt.cpan.org/m)
  • Preferred bug tracker information displayed prominently – if the module author wants to use a different tracker it is clearly displayed and linked to

See the announcement for the full list of improvements.

Apr 102013
 

Perl-based software, developed by London startup Adzuna, is powering the Dashboard at Downing Street, providing live information about the job, property and car markets.

The company is now expanding internationally to cover data for four new countries.

The site currently copes with 1.5 million visitors a month, all being served pages using the well-known templating module, Template Toolkit. The searches, aggregation and page rendering are all using Perl.

The tech team is a fan of open source and uses other tools as appropriate.

Adzuna has been mentioned in the Financial Times, BBC, Sky News and seems to be going for the industry disruption. I would keep an eye on them!

It’s great to hear about yet another growing company that uses Perl and doing so well.

Apr 032013
 

Having free tutorials in your mother tounge is especially important when you are young and don’t know English good enough.

A few weeks ago Felipe Leprevost started to translate the articles of the Perl tutorial on the Perl Maven site to Portuguese.
There are already 8 articles in the Perl tutorial in Portuguese.

Today, thanks to Tudor Constantin, I posted the first article in the Romanian Perl tutorial.

I am looking for more volunteers to help these translations, and to start the translations to other languages as well. If you are interested, please get in touch with me: szabgab at gmail.com.