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Nov 192013
 

Foswiki 1.1.9 is available to be downloaded. This release is a security, performance and bug-fix release. It comes with more than 40 bug fixes relative to 1.1.8.

Read the full announcement at the Foswiki-1.1.9 download page.

About Foswiki:

Foswiki is a web-based Open Source wiki system which is used as central knowledge base in companies, but also as a supportive platform for online communities. Foswiki consists of a core system that can be extended by a huge amount of additional extensions to tailor it towards the specific needs at hand. Foswiki is constantly improved by a very agile developer community. Foswiki makes use of the latest web technologies available while accounting for organizational and knowledge management needs of wikis in the enterprise.

Foswiki is used world wide by a wide user base among which are Motorola, Yahoo!, Hapag Lloyd, CERN, Windriver, Infosys, ARM Holdings, 1&1 Internet Inc. and many more.

Foswiki is supported by the Foswiki Association e.V. which serves as a gateway to paying members and sponsors of the Open Source Community.

Oct 232013
 

TWiki-6.0.0 has been released. TWiki is a flexible, powerful, and easy to use enterprise wiki, enterprise collaboration platform, and web application platform written in Perl.

This is a major release that has a improved new dashboard look, many usability enhancements, strengthens TWiki as an application platform, and scales to very large deployments with thousands of webs and a tens of thousands of users.

TWiki’s user base consists of millions of users on tens of thousands of installations in over 130 countries, backed by an open source community of hundreds of contributors and 60,000 twiki.org users.

The TWiki.org blog at has more details.

Oct 142013
 

There are many Perl-related videos out there on YouTube and elsewhere but some of those have very few views. Partially because they have never been properly promoted.

The new Perl TV site will feature a video every day and will link to many of the other interesting presentations and screencasts.

It’s source code and “database” is available on GitHub. Your help in collecting and categorizing the videos can help a lot.

Sep 102013
 

A Perl oriented eCommerce conference will start on 8th October in Hancock, NY. Call for papers is open until Sunday (15th September), so hurry up and submit your talks. Everything Perl eCommerce related is welcome.

The conference lasts for 3 days. The first day will be Dancer eCommerce training, where you can learn how to do Perl eCommerce with dancer. The other two days will have various talks on eCommerce subjects. The evenings feature a barbecue and hanging out with other developers.

Apply at http://www.ecommerce-innovation.com

Aug 072013
 

CloseBargains.com has just launched, developed in a few days using Perl with Mojolicious, integrating 8coupons and Mapquest API feeds. Helping you find coupons you can redeem near where you are now (US only at the moment).

“Perl was used due to it’s versatility and tenacity in the Web space. The Mojolicious framework with the Hypnotoad server made the endeavour a fruitful, pleasureful experience.”

Please see the blog post and about page for more details.

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.

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.