Leo Lapworth

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.

May 272014

As announced on the p5p mailing list Perl 5.20 has been released by Ricardo Signes.

Enhancements include:

  • Experimental Subroutine signatures
  • subs now take a prototype attribute
  • More consistent prototype parsing
  • rand now uses a consistent random number generator
  • New slice syntax
  • Experimental Postfix Dereferencing
  • Unicode 6.3 now supported
  • New \p{Unicode} regular expression pattern property
  • Better 64-bit support
  • use locale now works on UTF-8 locales
  • use locale now compiles on systems without locale ability
  • More locale initialization fallback options
  • -DL runtime option now added for tracing locale setting
  • -F now implies -a and -a implies -n
  • $a and $b warnings exemption

More can be found in the changes file.

Perl 5.20.0 represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl 5.18.0 and contains approximately 470,000 lines of changes across 2,900 files from 124 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were approximately 280,000 lines of changes to 1,800 .pm, .t, .c and .h files.

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community of users and developers. The following people are known to have contributed the improvements that became Perl 5.20.0:

Aaron Crane, Abhijit Menon-Sen, Abigail, Abir Viqar, Alan Haggai Alavi, Alan Hourihane, Alexander Voronov, Alexandr Ciornii, Andy Dougherty, Anno Siegel, Aristotle Pagaltzis, Arthur Axel ‘fREW’ Schmidt, Brad Gilbert, Brendan Byrd, Brian Childs, Brian Fraser, Brian Gottreu, Chris ‘BinGOs’ Williams, Christian Millour, Colin Kuskie, Craig A. Berry, Dabrien ‘Dabe’ Murphy, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Daniel Dragan, Darin McBride, David Golden, David Leadbeater, David Mitchell, David Nicol, David Steinbrunner, Dennis Kaarsemaker, Dominic Hargreaves, Ed Avis, Eric Brine, Evan Zacks, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, François Perrad, Gavin Shelley, Gideon Israel Dsouza, Gisle Aas, Graham Knop, H.Merijn Brand, Hauke D, Heiko Eissfeldt, Hiroo Hayashi, Hojung Youn, James E Keenan, Jarkko Hietaniemi, Jerry D. Hedden, Jess Robinson, Jesse Luehrs, Johan Vromans, John Gardiner Myers, John Goodyear, John P. Linderman, John Peacock, kafka, Kang-min Liu, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Keedi Kim, Kent Fredric, kevin dawson, Kevin Falcone, Kevin Ryde, Leon Timmermans, Lukas Mai, Marc Simpson, Marcel Grünauer, Marco Peereboom, Marcus Holland-Moritz, Mark Jason Dominus, Martin McGrath, Matthew Horsfall, Max Maischein, Mike Doherty, Moritz Lenz, Nathan Glenn, Nathan Trapuzzano, Neil Bowers, Neil Williams, Nicholas Clark, Niels Thykier, Niko Tyni, Olivier Mengué, Owain G. Ainsworth, Paul Green, Paul Johnson, Peter John Acklam, Peter Martini, Peter Rabbitson, Petr Písař, Philip Boulain, Philip Guenther, Piotr Roszatycki, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Reini Urban, Reuben Thomas, Ricardo Signes, Ruslan Zakirov, Sergey Alekseev, Shirakata Kentaro, Shlomi Fish, Slaven Rezic, Smylers, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Sullivan Beck, Thomas Sibley, Tobias Leich, Toby Inkster, Tokuhiro Matsuno, Tom Christiansen, Tom Hukins, Tony Cook, Victor Efimov, Viktor Turskyi, Vladimir Timofeev, YAMASHINA Hio, Yves Orton, Zefram, Zsbán Ambrus, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason.

Apr 022014

The The Perl Foundation has announced that Booking.com have donated a further €10,000 (ten thousand euros) to the Perl5 Core Maintenance Fund.