Leo Lapworth

May 092016

Perl 5.24.0 has been released.

You can read about the changes which include:

  • Postfix dereferencing is no longer experimental
  • Unicode 8.0 is now supported
  • The autoderef feature has been removed

Perl 5.24.0 represents approximately 11 months of development since Perl 5.22.0 and contains approximately 360,000 lines of changes across 1,800 files from 77 authors.

Apr 252016

Ricardo Signes has stepped down from the role of Perl Pumpkin after four and a half years in the role — and an unprecedented five stable 5.x.0 releases of Perl.

The role has been passed on to Sawyer, who has laid out his plans for maintaining the great work the community is already doing.

The community owes a lots to Ricardo. We wish Sawyer all the best for the work to come.

Apr 162015

brian d foy has posted a summary of the changes for the upcoming Perl 5.22 release.

These include:

  • A safer ARGV
  • CGI.pm and Module::Build disappear

And much more, it’s worth a quick read

Jan 262015

The Perl Perl Quality Assurance Hackathon 2015 has been confirmed, this year it is between the 16th-19th April in Berlin.

There is an interesting article about the details and why it is important, including a call for donations to help support this valuable work.

Jan 202015

FOSDEM 2015 is a free event that offers open source communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is hosted at the ULB Campus Solbosch, Brussels on Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February 2015.

You can see the Perl Track schedule here.

Jan 082015

Test::Simple, Test::More and Test::Builder are going to be upgraded, with some breaking changes.

Chad ‘Exodist’ Granum goes into details about what and why. It is important that the developer releases are tested by as many people as possible. If you have tests then it is very likely one of these modules will be in play somewhere, so please test the developer releases and send feedback.

Sep 262014

The Shellshock bug affects the Bash shell.

Though Perl it self is not directly affected, some web servers (such as Apache) that run Perl are, additional if Perl shells out: system(), backticks, qx etc, that may then instantiate bash which would be a potential attack vector.

Perl tricks has a good write up.

Your best protection is upgrading Bash on your operating system as soon as patches are available, or switching all accounts to an alternative shell (such as ‘sh’, or ‘zsh’) until there is.

Be aware there were 2 releases of bash to fix this, as the first was not complete.

Aug 292014

@yapceu has posted a link to the start of videos from the conference.

YAPC::EU 2014 was the biggest conference in Europe, dedicated to the Perl programming language.

http://www.yapc.eu/ lists other Perl conferences and workshops around Europe.

Aug 202014

This years YAPC::EU is taking place in Sofia, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (22nd to 24th of August).

They are planning to have live video steams so even if you can’t attend you can at least see the great talks.

Jun 242014

YAPC::NA 2014 is on, and streaming!

You can see live streams, as well as uploads of the videos from the first day. Some one is working hard to get such a fast turn around.

Make sure to check out the other days either live or shortly after.

YAPC::NA 2014

The Yet Another Perl Conference is a high-quality, inexpensive technical conference with its roots in the Perl Mongers user groups. The conference celebrates the Perl programming language and is meant to be accessible to anyone, regardless of experience, yet valuable to even the most skilled of programmers. Each year the conference attracts hundreds of programmers from around the world, including luminaries such as Larry Wall, Allison Randal, and Tim Bunce.