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Friday September 05, 2008
12:42 PM

Using up-to-date currency conversion rates

A friend of mine is living this year in the USA, and she asked me how to program with Perl some unit conversions. The currency conversion is volatile since the ratio changes a lot, so I came up with this:

use strict;
use warnings;

use File::Basename;
use Cache::FileCache;
use Finance::Quote;

die "usage: $0 amount currency_from currency_to\n"
    unless @ARGV == 3;

my $amount = shift @ARGV;

my ($currency_from, $currency_to) = map { uc } @ARGV;

my ($filename) = fileparse($0, '.pl');

my $cache = Cache::FileCache->new({
    cache_root         => "$ENV{HOME}/.$filename",
    default_expires_in => '1 day',

my $quote = Finance::Quote->new();

my $ratio = $cache->get("$currency_from:$currency_to");

$ratio = $quote->currency($currency_from, $currency_to)
    unless defined $ratio;

die "sorry, cannot convert from $currency_from to $currency_to\n"
    unless defined $ratio;

$cache->set("$currency_from:$currency_to", $ratio);
print "$amount $currency_from = ", $amount * $ratio, " $currency_to\n";

She liked it, and so do I because it's so simple that it doesn't need comments at all. Just try:

$ perl 100 usd eur
100 USD = 70.22 EUR

Wednesday August 13, 2008
03:18 AM

Padre packages available for Ubuntu

I've been busy since last weekend trying to package Padre for Ubuntu Hardy, and here it is. The sources are available in Launchpad, too.

This is how you can set it up and install it:

  1. Add my PPA sources in APT:

    $ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
    $ tail -3 /etc/apt/sources.list
    # alexm
    deb hardy main
    deb-src hardy main

  2. Add my GPG signature to APT:

    $ wget '' -O- | sudo apt-key add -

  3. Update APT:

    $ sudo apt-get update

  4. Install Padre:

    $ sudo apt-get intall libpadre-perl

This is the first time I manage to build some Perl packages. I had been playing with dh-make-perl in the past, but didn't know much about Debian packaging (not that I know much more now, anyway), but this time I was more motivated. Next step is trying to get them in Debian, so Ubuntu (and others) can make the modules officially part of next releases.