May 192013
 

The release of Perl 5.18.0 has been announced

You can find a full list of changes in the file “perldelta.pod” located in the “pod” directory inside the release and on the web.

Perl v5.18.0 represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl v5.16.0 and contains approximately 400,000 lines of changes across 2,100 files from 113 authors.

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community of users and developers.

Strawberry Perl 5.18.0.1 is available at http://strawberryperl.com (all editions: MSI, ZIP, PortableZIP for both: 32/64bit MS Windows)

May 052013
 

The Perlfoundation has announced the 2013Q2 Grant Proposals.

For this quarter, TPF Grants Committee have four different proposals. They invite the Perl Community to comment on the proposals and their relevance to the community. Comments on each grant on their specific page…

To submit your own proposal for the next round of grants see the guidelines and the current rules of operation. Then send your proposal to tpf-proposals@perl-foundation.org.

May 012013
 

Infinity Interactive, the people who brought you Moose, contributed $313 USD to Specify module version ranges in Pinto to send the Crowdtilt campaign over it’s minimum amount, $USD4096, so money is now collected from the 112 contributors so far. It took three weeks to reach this amount, and there are still six days left to contribute, if you want to help it reach its secondary goals of $5000 USD and 200 contributors. As far as we know, this is the first Perl open source work to be crowd-funded through direct contributions, mostly from individuals.

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Crowdtilt, which uses Perl’s Dancer web framework, created a special deal for the campaign in which they waived their usual cut of the money raised, and offer that same deal to other Perl projects run through them with the offer code “perl-love”. Not only that, they contributed real money to the campaign.

Jeff Thalhammer, the guy who brought you Perl::Critic, will receive all of the money for his work on Pinto, the framework he’s set up to manage private CPANs where you get to choose the modules and distributions to include, even if they are not the most recent. The title feature, version ranges, is something many people have wanted for a long time since the public CPAN clients and build systems work with a minimum or latest version only. However, giving Jeff the flexibility to work on this full time will have other benefits to Pinto. Even if you didn’t contribute, you still get the feature since Pinto is on CPAN and all of this work will show up soon in later versions.