May 012013
 

Infinity Interactive, the people who brought you Moose, contributed $313 USD to Specify module version ranges in Pinto to send the Crowdtilt campaign over it’s minimum amount, $USD4096, so money is now collected from the 112 contributors so far. It took three weeks to reach this amount, and there are still six days left to contribute, if you want to help it reach its secondary goals of $5000 USD and 200 contributors. As far as we know, this is the first Perl open source work to be crowd-funded through direct contributions, mostly from individuals.

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Crowdtilt, which uses Perl’s Dancer web framework, created a special deal for the campaign in which they waived their usual cut of the money raised, and offer that same deal to other Perl projects run through them with the offer code “perl-love”. Not only that, they contributed real money to the campaign.

Jeff Thalhammer, the guy who brought you Perl::Critic, will receive all of the money for his work on Pinto, the framework he’s set up to manage private CPANs where you get to choose the modules and distributions to include, even if they are not the most recent. The title feature, version ranges, is something many people have wanted for a long time since the public CPAN clients and build systems work with a minimum or latest version only. However, giving Jeff the flexibility to work on this full time will have other benefits to Pinto. Even if you didn’t contribute, you still get the feature since Pinto is on CPAN and all of this work will show up soon in later versions.

Apr 212013
 

Andy Lester has announced the release of ack 2.0. ack is designed to help programmers who need to search large amounts source code – fast.

ack was originally developed to be better than the unix grep (file pattern searcher) command, and as pointed out in the announcement is now trying to focus on going beyond even that.

ack is cross-platform and pure Perl – so will run on all platforms, including Windows, and is very easy to install.

For more information visit the ack website.

Apr 102013
 

Best Practical have announced an upgrade and new features for https://rt.cpan.org/.

https://rt.cpan.org/ is the issue tracking system available for every one of the 27,000+ open source distributions released through CPAN.

New features include:

  • Mobile support (also accessible from https://rt.cpan.org/m)
  • Preferred bug tracker information displayed prominently – if the module author wants to use a different tracker it is clearly displayed and linked to

See the announcement for the full list of improvements.

Mar 162013
 

PrePAN provides a place to discuss your modules.

It’s aim is to help with questions like…

  • Are there any similar modules?
  • I’m not confident about the implementation…
  • How can I distribute the module in keeping with CPAN’s conventions?
  • I want someone to review my module..

The PrePAN team recently made two announcements – PrePAN is now on AWS hosting, and they have also joined the MetaCPAN team.

MetaCPAN is an open source search engine for the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), an ever growing archive of code and documentation for the Perl programming language.

Aug 122012
 

Strawberry Perl 5.16.1.1 is available at http://strawberryperl.com

(all editions: MSI, ZIP, PortableZIP for both: 32/64bit MS Windows)

More details in Release Notes:
http://strawberryperl.com/release-notes/5.16.1.1-32bit.html (recommended for most situations)
http://strawberryperl.com/release-notes/5.16.1.1-64bit.html

Strawberry Perl is a perl environment for MS Windows containing all you need to run and develop perl applications. It is designed to be as close as possible to perl environment on UNIX systems.