Dec 012014

It’s 1st December, so it’s time to start opening your Advent Calendar. But which one to choose? Over the last few years, the Perl community has been producing so many Advent Calendars that it can sometimes be hard to keep up.

Which is why Len Jaffe has built Advent Planet. Each day’s entry has links to all of the Geek Advent Calendars he can find. And it’s not just Perl Advent Calendars – Len also includes links to sites covering Ruby, Java and “Miscellaneous” topics.

Sounds like a great way to start every December morning.

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.

Oct 142013

There are many Perl-related videos out there on YouTube and elsewhere but some of those have very few views. Partially because they have never been properly promoted.

The new Perl TV site will feature a video every day and will link to many of the other interesting presentations and screencasts.

It’s source code and “database” is available on GitHub. Your help in collecting and categorizing the videos can help a lot.

Apr 102013

Perl-based software, developed by London startup Adzuna, is powering the Dashboard at Downing Street, providing live information about the job, property and car markets.

The company is now expanding internationally to cover data for four new countries.

The site currently copes with 1.5 million visitors a month, all being served pages using the well-known templating module, Template Toolkit. The searches, aggregation and page rendering are all using Perl.

The tech team is a fan of open source and uses other tools as appropriate.

Adzuna has been mentioned in the Financial Times, BBC, Sky News and seems to be going for the industry disruption. I would keep an eye on them!

It’s great to hear about yet another growing company that uses Perl and doing so well.

Apr 032013

Having free tutorials in your mother tounge is especially important when you are young and don’t know English good enough.

A few weeks ago Felipe Leprevost started to translate the articles of the Perl tutorial on the Perl Maven site to Portuguese.
There are already 8 articles in the Perl tutorial in Portuguese.

Today, thanks to Tudor Constantin, I posted the first article in the Romanian Perl tutorial.

I am looking for more volunteers to help these translations, and to start the translations to other languages as well. If you are interested, please get in touch with me: szabgab at

Dec 022012

It’s December and that means it’s time for advent calendars. Here’s a lit of all of the Perl advent calendars that I know about.

If I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.

Dec 172011

The MetaCPAN team have announced a competition to design them a logo, the winning entry will get a prize of $400 USD, not to mention having their design used on this great site.

The prize has been provided by the Enlightened Perl Organisation

The deadline is the 13th of January 2012, so make sure to have your laptop with you over the holiday season.

For more information visit or see the entries so far.

Nov 032011 is a year old today. The site and API have come a long way in just one year and offer a great way to search CPAN either through a browser or the API.

The API is already powering new features in Padre, the Perl IDE as well as an iPhone CPAN app – iCPAN and github meets CPAN website.

There have been a large number of contributors and an ever increase set of features.

Olaf looks back at a few of the more recent updates.

There are still a large number of issues and features which the project wants to add, and they are are always looking for more Volunteers.

Congratulations to all involved.

Oct 292011 was recently launched at and was announced to the rest of the Perl community by @kentaro.

The site focuses on code review and discussions, with the goal of helping module authors get feedback, suggestions and help before they upload a new module to CPAN.

This is a really interesting idea and is getting lots of use even after having been live for only a couple of days. There are several changes and additions planned for the future, so this is definitely a site to keep an eye on.

Oct 292011

App::TimeTracker first presented at YAPC::Europe 2011 has just launched a website to go with the Perl Application.

Developed with Perl and Moose meta programming, as well as a host of other CPAN Modules this project is a really nice example of building a Perl application with todays Perl tools.

Rather than go into the detail of what and how this Perl time tracking application works, have a look at the website to find out more.