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Wednesday October 20, 2004
02:56 AM

There are Perl grants too.

[ #21426 ]

I got around to reading this month's (although it say "November") Dr. Dobbs Journal (which I keep getting although I have never subscribed to it).

On page 14, they have a couple of news items under "open Source Grant Money Available". They mention Mozilla's bug bounty, and two Python programs. I guess they must have forgotten about Perl grants. They aren't exactly new, but maybe they only talk to Eric Raymond for their news.

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  • [...] Dr. Dobbs Journal (which I keep getting although I have never subscribed to it)
    Perhaps it's a bonus because you wrote a few articles [] for them, a few years ago.
    • I also started getting DDJ, about three months ago. No subscription. I also just got a SysAdmin yesterday, which *might* be part of my USENIX/SAGE membership, but I don't remember reading anything about that. Very strange.
  • DDJ has focussed on .net and Java for so long it has forgotten that anything else exists. Of course this might have something to do with all those tool and library vendors that pay for advertising in the magazine.

    Even if the advertisers are almost exclusively for .net and java stuff they could make an effort to include or acknowledge perl - I remember they managed to forget to include perl in one article about jobs (a piece that would be too trivial to deserve an article if done in perl).

    Perhaps you cou


    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • I'm not sure what goes on behind the scenes, but I'm pretty sure they know Perl exists. They even have a part of their web site devoted to it (athough I hear they cut the funding).

      If they had just mentioned Mozilla, I would have thought nothing of it. But they mentioned Python (twice!). It seems they could have filled out the article a bit with a couple sentences about Perl. :)
      • They don't have a perl section, they have an archive of perl articles, mostly from other sources, that hasn't been updated or added to for as long as I can remember. unlike say.. python-url which they do weekly.

        DDJ really needs a kick up the arse, if they wan't to be MSDN fine, I just hope another publisher will provide a decent mix of CS, Algorithms, low level and high level programming articles.

        Even at its best DDJ is hit and miss when it comes to decent articles

        If there was a magazine that mixed al


        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;
    • I had a subscription for a year, but I cancelled it. They picked me to fill out this survey, on a 3.5 floppy. So I filled out. I wrote that I was cancelling the subscription because I found 1 out 3 issues somewhat useful/interesting. I indicated that if I was a visual .net c# vb java programmer (something like that), I would keep the subscription. I also added that the fact that I am taking this survey on a windows box, because that is the only thing it will run on is more fuel for the fire. I did get
  • about TPF grants, the results of those grants or what TPF actually does. Why would you expect Dr. Dobb's to know more than the folks around here?
  • I have a habit of using particular tweaked versions of email and street addresses for different purposes so I can tell who spreads my contact info around (and so I can kill email addresses that get spam).

    My OSCON 2004 registration address is now getting a free subscription to DDJ. I think the second or third issue of that free subscription arrived last week.