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.

Sep 262014
 

DWIM Perl for Linux is a binary Perl distribution including perl and a bunch of CPAN modules. It was created to make it easy to get started with Perl without the need to think about the installation of additional modules. Batteries included.

I have been working on this for quite some time, and I think I finally found a path that will make it easy for me to create future versions of this distribution.

This is the first public release in this new era.

If you have a Linux machine – any Linux machine – it would extremely useful if you could try this and report any problems you might run into.

Sep 222014
 

Perl 5.20.1 has been released, this is the latest stable version of Perl.

Changes include performance enhancements and various bug fixes.

Perl 5.20.1 represents approximately 4 months of development since Perl 5.20.0 and contains approximately 12,000 lines of changes across 170 files from 36 authors.

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 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 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.

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).