May 192013
 

The release of Perl 5.18.0 has been announced

You can find a full list of changes in the file “perldelta.pod” located in the “pod” directory inside the release and on the web.

Perl v5.18.0 represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl v5.16.0 and contains approximately 400,000 lines of changes across 2,100 files from 113 authors.

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community of users and developers.

Strawberry Perl 5.18.0.1 is available at http://strawberryperl.com (all editions: MSI, ZIP, PortableZIP for both: 32/64bit MS Windows)

May 052013
 

The Perlfoundation has announced the 2013Q2 Grant Proposals.

For this quarter, TPF Grants Committee have four different proposals. They invite the Perl Community to comment on the proposals and their relevance to the community. Comments on each grant on their specific page…

To submit your own proposal for the next round of grants see the guidelines and the current rules of operation. Then send your proposal to tpf-proposals@perl-foundation.org.

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.

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 gmail.com.

Mar 192013
 

We’re happy to announce the dates and location for the coming YAPC::Asia Tokyo 2013!

This year it will be in Keio University Hiyoshi Campus, on Sep 19 through 21. We’re expecting 900~1000 attendees this year. Book your flights now!

More details to follow. Stay tuned!

Should you have any questions, pelase contact @lestrrat