Jan 072017

We welcome talk submissions to The Perl Conference 2017 in DC, which will be held June 18-23! In an alternate universe, this conference would be called YAPC::NA 2017 🙂 . All levels and topics welcome, if in doubt please submit. Details at http://www.perlconference.us/tpc-2017-dc/cfp/. See you there!

May 092016

Perl 5.24.0 has been released.

You can read about the changes which include:

  • Postfix dereferencing is no longer experimental
  • Unicode 8.0 is now supported
  • The autoderef feature has been removed

Perl 5.24.0 represents approximately 11 months of development since Perl 5.22.0 and contains approximately 360,000 lines of changes across 1,800 files from 77 authors.

Apr 252016

Ricardo Signes has stepped down from the role of Perl Pumpkin after four and a half years in the role — and an unprecedented five stable 5.x.0 releases of Perl.

The role has been passed on to Sawyer, who has laid out his plans for maintaining the great work the community is already doing.

The community owes a lots to Ricardo. We wish Sawyer all the best for the work to come.

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.

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.

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.