Dave Cross

Dec 012014

It’s 1st December, so it’s time to start opening your Advent Calendar. But which one to choose? Over the last few years, the Perl community has been producing so many Advent Calendars that it can sometimes be hard to keep up.

Which is why Len Jaffe has built Advent Planet. Each day’s entry has links to all of the Geek Advent Calendars he can find. And it’s not just Perl Advent Calendars – Len also includes links to sites covering Ruby, Java and “Miscellaneous” topics.

Sounds like a great way to start every December morning.

Jun 212014

After adding more than 80 videos from 4 years of the London Perl Workshop, the Perl TV has now hosts more than 300 presentations.

The objective of Perl TV is to collect, tag, annotate, and distribute good, Perl-related videos.

There are two forms of tags: modules mentioned in the talk and generic tags. The videos are also grouped by sources, which are mostly events or Perl Monger groups.

Both the source code and the data of the site can be found in GitHub that makes it easy to contribute to the tagging.

May 032014

Open West is an annual open source conference in Utah. In 2014 it runs for 3 days on May 8-10. There are 12 tracks, over 100 talks, and 1000 attendees. Last year Open West had one day of Perl. This year the Perl track goes for three. Mark Jason Dominus (MJD) will be one of the participants.

The Perl track was organized by David Oswald, who is also the organizer of the Salt Lake Perl Mongers.

You can still register.

May 012014

The MetaCPAN site has a constant flow of new features. Some are small, some are big, but almost none of them get in the news. The recently added news page will provide this missing piece. It also comes with a feed.

One of the biggest advantages of MetaCPAN is that it is open source. There is a page for how to contribute to MetaCPAN, you can also read the PerlMaven article on how the newsfeed was added to MetaCPAN, you can then consider contributing too.

Apr 222014

Czech Perl Workshop takes place in Prague on May 20th and 21st 2014

The (almost) complete talk schedule has been published.

This event is highly recommended for Perl professionals but also for those, who are just deeply interested in this field and are hungry for new information and ideas.

Register now (deadline is 6th of May 2014).

Mar 212014

We have received a good amount of talks, but we realize we can squeeze in quite a few more.

That’s why we have decide to prolong the deadline till April 5th.

The topics the talks we have received till now include: async, begin_decapitates_args, dom, error_2048, html5, lucy, mojolicious, mongo, nonblocking, pitfalls, procrastination, refactoring, reuse, rss, search, security, testing, ua_halts_ioloop, websockets

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in asking us at mojoconf14@oslo.pm

Submit a talk at: http://www.mojoconf.org/mojo2014/newtalk

More info about Mojoconf 2014 held in Oslo 23th-25th of May 2014 can be found here: http://www.mojoconf.org/mojo2014/

Mar 172014

Announcing the first Czech Perl Workshop in Prague on 20th-21st of May 2014. The deadline for your presentations is 25th of March (Czech presentations 1st of April). Do not miss out, come and join us. More info at http://act.yapc.eu/czpw2014/.

Dec 312013

The 2014 OSCON Call for Participation is open until January 30. The conference takes place July 20-24 in Portland, Oregon.

OSCON came out of what started as “The Perl Conference”, so Perl holds a special value at the event. Not only that, but Portland and the US Northwest is a Perl stronghold.

I have some advice from previous years’ CfPs:

If you would like some help with your proposal, email me and we’ll figure it out.

Dec 192013

DFW.pm (now joined by New York, Atlanta, and Philadelpha) is holding in a competition that runs from now until January 8th when the code of each competitor will be pitted against the others in a live Google hangout world-wide Perl Mongers meeting.

The aim of the competition is to “deduplicate” 100 gigabytes of random file data, using Perl, as fast as possible. If your code can do it the fastest, without killing the contest server, you win. Quite simply, the winner gets to choose the topic of the next hackathon competition (and/or host it), and gets the recognition of having won a world-wide competition in Perl. The main objectives are to have fun and learn something.

The competition is open to all, provided a few criteria are met which establish legitimacy of participation. If you want to compete, YOU’RE INVITED!

Full details can be read on the dfw.pm.org website.

Nov 302013

Plotly is delighted to offer a new graphing library for the Perl scientific/PDL community, and would like to kick off its release with a fun competition.

Competition Info:

  • Entries must be made using the
    Plotly Perl API
  • Entries must be sent as a link to feedback@plot.ly(Here’s an example graph, made from the Plotly Perl API).
  • You can submit more than one graph
  • Plotly may use your graph for promotional purposes after the close of the competition. Don’t submit a graph with sensitive data.
  • A winner will be announced December 29 (2013) on Plotly’s Facebook and Twitter handle.


The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and a Patagonia jacket with “Plotly” embroidered. Graphs will be judged by a combination of aesthetic polish, creativity, color palette, and scientific interest. There is no rubric.

Questions about the competition or API? Email us at feedback [at] plot [dot] ly


Plotly Team