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Monday July 06, 2009
09:21 PM

The view from the DarkPAN

I've spent the past week playing catch up on reading Perl blogs, namely

What chromatic has to say is thought provoking stuff. I'm one of those that maintain his own little part of the DarkPAN. My code will never leave the office. I rely upon many CPAN modules but only for their basic functionality.

If Perl were to upgrade in 5.12 to break functionality, I really would care or really know. I am very comfortable in using an older, known release of Perl. We are looking at 5.10.0 only to offer a recent release of Perl not because any of need my co-workers or I have. I like what I see, but so far I haven't seen a highly compelling need to move forward. POE, DBI, and Class::DBI are doing what I need to get done today.

When we decide to upgrade, we won't rid ourselves of our previous versions of Perl, heck we still have installs of 5.004 being used. What I'm saying is that the Perl community should move forward without worrying overly much about us that have to drive in the slow lane.

Thursday September 09, 2004
09:50 PM

My programming on windows

I've moved my development of my ailing linux box and onto my windows pc.  I was tired of shifting keyboards and monitors, so I went out to see what I could do.  First, I had to get perl installed, so that means activestate.  I wanted to keep this as Win32 as possible so I didn't want cygwin.

For IDEs I decided to try Eclipse after reading so much about it.  Then to program perl with Eclipse, I needed to get the EPIC plugin.  Okay, since I am a member of the group, and we're working on Kwalitee testing HTML::Tree.  So the current source code control utility of the month is subversion, and perl qa testing is going to use it; I had to get subclipse, the eclipse subversion plugin.

So, these plugins are all working.  I've got eclipse to run perl programs, and run prove on both a single .t or the entire project.

Next will be to see if I can get coverage stats generated as well.

This is cool.

Wednesday April 14, 2004
06:48 PM


As I write this, I am in my backyard doing some perl development for work. My job has supplied me with a laptop with a wifi card and vpn access. The weather is remarkible, the birds are chirping, my son in playing on the swingset, and the code is flowing.

Doesn't get much better than this.

Tuesday March 30, 2004
08:13 AM

Storing RSS in a db

I am working on a hobby project, kinda of like how some guys have a hobby car. Right now I've decided to right a RSS aggregator and displayer. I've got the rough work done, using availible modules. Now I was thinking about how to extend this, so I decided to use the mysql installed on my box.

I was thinking I could keep the raw and cooked RDF in the database as TEXT entries and then retrieve them for display on the web page. Well, after an hour of not being able to get quote to quote it correctly, I've decided to fsck it for now and just continue to save it off to a file. I still will use the db for the aggregator.

Before anyone raises the idea that I should d/l and read slash, et al, let me say: This is a project to stretch myself and to learn by doing.

The project is a Sports Club/League managment system, in case anyone was curious. What does RSS have to do with this? Nothing, it's a distaction from the planning I'm doing on this.

Saturday December 13, 2003
04:32 PM

One month

That's how long I've been at the new job. One month. It has been a great change for me. The environment is great, the challenges are difficult, and best of all I'm happy to goto work again.

It's been two years since I've been happy to goto work. But now I look forward to the day. I develope and support a large perl codebase of production code. I've already added to this codebase and seen its effects on the user base. I like that. That's not something you get often in a sysadmin shop.

Maybe I should have made this jump earlier. I've just been afraid that my skilz weren't up to snuff and that'd be my downfall. We'll my skillz may not be top notch, but I'm learning that's not all it takes to be a full time developer.

Friday November 07, 2003
11:46 AM

Last Day duldrums...

Here I sit, my last day of work. Nothing to do. Desk was cleaned out yesterday. Computers are clean of personal data and files. Boss won't let me leave any earlier than 2:30 (1hr earlier than normal).

I am bored.

Tuesday October 28, 2003
08:38 PM

Jobs and such

Well, I've got a new job. I handed in my two weeks notice at my current employer, and can't wait to get to the new place.

It was kinda of odd walking into my managers office and handing him my letter. Never had to do that before. I was expecting him to show me the door, you know. Every where else I had worked, at the time you gave your notice you were walked to the door and told your personal effects would follow. But not here, he even asked if I could push back my last day. I had planned in June to take two days off this week, and he wants me to stay two more days to make up for those. Can you get an idea why I'm not two sad to leave this place?

The next job is a Perl Programmer with Customer support duties. I'm looking forward to it. The customer base is internal and seems to be like all other financial industry customers I have dealt with in the past. The perl is hard-core, and will surely force me to become a better programmer than I already am.

On a completely different note, this past weekend I went on a one-day bus trip to and back from Columbus, OH (8hrs one way) to watch the Chicago Fire get embarassed by the last place team in the conferance. We fielded our second and third string players and lost 2-6, after giving up a 2-0 half-time lead. Yeah, I know we had the season championship already wrapped up, but still there's pride to play for.

Tuesday October 14, 2003
01:40 PM

Two review's for the price of one.

I've submitted two reviews to the website. You have Fun and Games in The Perl Journal and the Google Pocket guide.
Wednesday September 24, 2003
09:05 AM

Let me decide when to die...

I'm kwalitee testing Data-Calc for the phalanx project. This has been a very enlightening experience for me. I just stepped back into the testing mode today and realized why I stopped due to aggrivation before.

The Delta_Days function in Date-Calc croaks on invlaid data. I just hate when modules decide when to stop my program from running. Is it so hard to just return a error code? Am I the only one that is irritated at this?

07:53 AM

Another Book review

Just a note, I have posted another perl book review on the website, Learning Perl Objects, References & Modules. More on the way.