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).

Apr 022014

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

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

Dec 192013 (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 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’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

Nov 212013

The Stratopan beta has launched. Head over to to create your free account. Do it before December 15 and you’ll get unlimited access for life.

Stratopan provides private CPAN repositories securely hosted in the cloud. Stratopan integrates seamlessly with the Perl tool chain, so you can build your application anywhere and get the right Perl modules, every time.

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 users.

The blog at has more details.

Sep 192013

p5-mop is an attempt to implement a subset of Moose into the core of Perl.

Damien “dams” Krotkine has posted a very good introduction to it and an explanation of why you should be interested now.