GAVollink's Journal http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/ GAVollink's use Perl Journal en-us use Perl; is Copyright 1998-2006, Chris Nandor. Stories, comments, journals, and other submissions posted on use Perl; are Copyright their respective owners. 2012-01-25T02:34:17+00:00 pudge pudge@perl.org Technology hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 GAVollink's Journal http://use.perl.org/images/topics/useperl.gif http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/ Hybernation http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/32777?from=rss <p> It's Spring. Time to wake up (fine it's been more than a year)... </p><p> It's been a long time, but I'm finally trying to catch up here again. </p><p> I was actually starting to get<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/involved/ once, and then something wonderful and horrible happened. I got a full time job doing... Perl. </p><p> I'm going to try to come back online, and make a presence again. We'll see how that goes. </p> GAVollink 2007-03-23T14:46:33+00:00 journal Busy Week Included Speaking, GD.pm and Linux Wireless http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/27531?from=rss <p> Well, not a really big deal, but it was in front of a modest crowd of 11. I gave a 10 minute talk on using GD in Perl. You can view my "slides enhanced for use without my voice" on my web site... <a href="http://vollink.com/gary/perl/gd/">http://vollink.com/gary/perl/gd/</a>. </p><p> A really good buddy of mine came from Florida to visit me in Minnesota. It was basically a four-day-long "hack-a-thon". One of the things we resolved was "The Best We Could Find" way to deal with Wireless under Debian and Ubuntu. </p><p> We both found multiple places to deal with installing a driver for your wireless device, and some of these even discussed the use of the "wireless-tools" deb package. However, none of them really explained how to get your wireless networking to "just work". So, I've written it up, and put in online...<br> <a href="http://vollink.com/gary/deb_wifi.html">http://vollink.com/gary/deb_wifi.html</a> </p><p> All that on top of "Real Life", job hunting, and this pet project that I'm determined to help Andy (petdance) with. I'm also trying to find time to write fiction. </p> GAVollink 2005-11-10T18:38:54+00:00 journal Why is all quiet on the Virus Front? http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/27376?from=rss This is seriously odd... there are no Symantec updates. It's the night before halloween... mischeif night. Symantec has no updates, and there are a mere few additions (MyTob and IRCbot varients) on the ClamAV front. Hmm.<p> Tomorrow may be a bad day.</p> GAVollink 2005-10-31T01:20:53+00:00 journal Hurricane Wilma http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/27296?from=rss While I'm comfy (though cold) living in Minnesota, I have a lot of friends and family in South Florida.<p> Look... My buddy sent me video.</p><p> <a href="http://vollink.com/gary/">http://vollink.com/gary/</a></p> GAVollink 2005-10-24T15:53:54+00:00 news Module Questions - Confused but Why? http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/27249?from=rss <p>Modules, and namespace.</p><p> I make everything more difficult than it should be. This is something that a lot of tech heads do, and well, this is one of those things. </p><p> Without "registering" a module name, is there a 'Reserved' module space where a future module will not clobber something? </p><p> Is that even necessary, or am I being an Idiot? I've mentioned before that I'm from the land of C, and in C a module is basically a single file or a library. So, basically - a Module is anologous to a C library... (right?) </p><p> Of course, C, has explicit links and whole slew of of other ways to get around name clobbering (although, even there, it can create problems). </p><p> Worse, every time I start searching for information about making modules, everything is about making a module for CPAN... except what I'm doing is recurring database calls, that are specific to my environment.. DBD is great, and generic enough. </p><p> <i>I'm smart enough to know that CPAN doesn't need another</i> something::<b>Simple</b> </p><p> Where was I, oh yeah, Clobbering. </p><p> So I know I want to stop copying the same 10 functions between each of my web-programs, but I want to give it a module name that can't be clobbered later (we transition Linux dists often). </p><p> How does one go about this? Is there a way to set an Explicit load path for a wanted/required module? Does the naming to Module name convention have to follow the CPAN (Group=Directory)::(Module=filename.PM) mode? </p><p> So, <b>I'm willing to read</b>, is there some link you can point me to? </p> GAVollink 2005-10-20T00:22:14+00:00 markup perl-DBD-Oracle-1.16-Ora10.RHEL.3.i386.rpm http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/25122?from=rss I have created an installable (RPM) for RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 for DBD::Oracle that will work against the downloadable Oracle-Instantclient.<p> If anybody wants it, keep reading</p><p> The "explain" functionality of the module (that most folks don't use) requires a whole boat-load of Tk stuff, so I've (forcefully) removed those portions of the dependancy tree.</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>cpan2rpm --force --no-requires 'libclntsh,perl(Tk),perl(Tk::Balloon),perl(Tk::ErrorDialog),perl(Tk::FileSelect<nobr>)<wbr></nobr> <nobr> <wbr></nobr>,perl(Tk::Pod),perl(Tk::ROText)' --requires oracle-instantclient-basic --version 1.16 --release Ora10.RHEL.3 --make-no-test DBD::Oracle</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p> Anyway, it's here <a href="http://www.vollink.com/gary/bin/">http://www.vollink.com/gary/bin/</a> <br> Any and all comments welcome.</p> GAVollink 2005-06-09T22:05:26+00:00 modules Search.CPAN seems to be down... http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/24843?from=rss I hope it's very temporary. Argh.<p> Needing to download Parse::Syslog and Statistics::Distribution, don't know how to get there without going through search.cpan.org.</p><p> [additional]<br> It seems to be back up again... I was able to download the packages I need.</p><p> Newbie question though, how often does this happen, and is there a way to get packages without using the search.cpan.org interface?</p> GAVollink 2005-05-23T16:59:57+00:00 journal [Non-Perl] Fun Business Trip http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/24003?from=rss I'm just back from London, well - technically, Ealing and Uxbridge, but I'm not a cartographer... I was there for two weeks coordinating and implementing the technical side of moving my Employer's European operations from Ealing to Uxbridge.<p> The best part of the trip was the "Four Day, Easter Bank-Holidays" - for which I was handed the keys to a <a href="http://vauxhall.co.uk/showroom/search/brand.jhtml?brand=Corsa&amp;vehicleType=Car">Vauxhall Corsa</a>, and told to return it on Tuesday morning with a full-tank.</p><p> <i>For those who have been "lucky" enough to drive a Corsa (or the Opel version), you can stop laughing now.</i> </p><p> So, I flew my wife in for the long weekend, and we drove to Winsor, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, Banbury and Bristol - and we spent one day in Westminster and London.</p><p> London area is an amazing place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there (no offense to those who do). Maybe out in the country...</p> GAVollink 2005-04-04T17:19:47+00:00 journal Code Style - Request for Input http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/23352?from=rss I come from the C - where the styles are called K&amp;R or ANSI, Perlers may call it something different (if so, please let me know).<br> K&amp;R:<blockquote><div><p> <tt>if ($var) {<br>&nbsp; $used++;<br>}</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p>ANSI:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>if ($var)<br>{<br>&nbsp; $used++;<br>}</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p>I am aware that Perlers generally seem to prefer K&amp;R style (perhaps because Larry Wall prefers it). I have a tendancy of coding in ANSI style. I note that there are some modules written in ANSI style (though, very few).</p><p> Will my preference come to haunt me one day? Anybody have any reasons why I should learn to adopt the K&amp;R style? [ I am aware to follow the style of a given project when hacking in that project ]. Anybody have any reasons why I should stick with ANSI?</p><p> Thanks</p> GAVollink 2005-02-24T14:16:48+00:00 tools General Perl Module ettiquette question... http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/23317?from=rss Assuming I entered a bug in rt.cpan.org, and assuming that the POD within the module specifies that bugs should be reported to rt.cpan.org.<p> How long should I let that bug sit, marked as 'new' before sending the Author a friendly Email, assuming that author's Email is also available?</p><p> Now let's assume that no bugs have been filed against that module before (I even clicked 'Show resolved').</p><p> Are we talking weeks, or months?</p> GAVollink 2005-02-22T23:23:23+00:00 bugs Introduction http://use.perl.org/~GAVollink/journal/23293?from=rss Hello, my name is Gary Allen Vollink. I found this site while poking around for information about a module that I found on CPAN.<p> So, from a CPAN package, to an Author's personal web site, to said Author's<br> use Perl-&gt;Journal();<br> And just like that, I created an account. I've been known to hang out on Slashdot, and recognized the "slashcode" interface immediately.</p><p> Anyway - I've been a Perl user for about 8 years now, although I've only been heavily writing large web-apps in Perl for the last four years (give or take).</p><p> There's a fair chance that I'll be doing some patch-work in modules in the near future (well, I've already started - we'll see how the Author reacts). I'm starting a largish project, and I'll be needing to squeeze some extra functionality out of some existing Perl libraries.</p><p> Anyway, nice to meet you.</p> GAVollink 2005-02-21T20:02:21+00:00 journal