Dec 312013
 

The 2014 OSCON Call for Participation is open until January 30. The conference takes place July 20-24 in Portland, Oregon.

OSCON came out of what started as “The Perl Conference”, so Perl holds a special value at the event. Not only that, but Portland and the US Northwest is a Perl stronghold.

I have some advice from previous years’ CfPs:

If you would like some help with your proposal, email me and we’ll figure it out.

Dec 192013
 

DFW.pm (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 dfw.pm.org 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 feedback@plot.ly(Here’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.

Prizes!

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

*Hearts*

Plotly Team

Nov 212013
 

The Stratopan beta has launched. Head over to https://stratopan.com 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 twiki.org users.

The TWiki.org blog at has more details.

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.

Sep 102013
 

A Perl oriented eCommerce conference will start on 8th October in Hancock, NY. Call for papers is open until Sunday (15th September), so hurry up and submit your talks. Everything Perl eCommerce related is welcome.

The conference lasts for 3 days. The first day will be Dancer eCommerce training, where you can learn how to do Perl eCommerce with dancer. The other two days will have various talks on eCommerce subjects. The evenings feature a barbecue and hanging out with other developers.

Apply at http://www.ecommerce-innovation.com