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Friday September 21, 2007
09:51 AM

Perl 6 Micro-articles: grant status

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This week has seen the publishing of the three first micro-articles on Perl 6 operators, following the plan of this grant proposal.

The links are:

These articles have been published at Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Probably next week we'll settle in a more regular schedule like Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That means people can read their xkcd strip and have a small dose of Perl 6 in the morning ;-)

I gladly watched the article on the string concatenation operator hit the 12th position in The Hot 25 of O'Reilly blogs by yesterday. This list appears to the right of the main weblog page. I am not so sure of how it ended there, but that's ok, I think.

The project also had, in my opinion, a very good reception from the Perl community. And I found help in all channels I announced it: the #perl6 IRC channel at freenode, the mailing list, use.perl itself and PerlMonks. Special thanks to autarch who generously offered to do grammar editing improving the English of the texts no need to say I hastily and gladly accepted it. All remaining mistakes in these articles are mine.

It is not all roses however, because I have been strugling with MovableType, the blog software of O'Reilly site, and I am losing by now. Sometimes it raises some pretty database errors after an update (hum, probable entry point for SQL injection attacks), but it gets better after some senseless tweaking. And more to the point, I have proposed to maintain an index of all articles in the introduction, but I encountered the issue that sometimes MT changes the URL after an update. This gets very annoying as all articles refer to the introduction and then need to be updated (while I pray they keep their URLs when I do this). Also it defeats bookmarking as a commenter already complained. If you are well versed in MovableType and have some clues, I am listening.

Juerd kindly granted me an account at feather to work/experiment with pugs. I am also maintaning the article sources there at a SVK repository which should be moved into Perl 6 docs later. I am writing the articles in POD6 and it looks like it is going to be fun. I squashed a tiny bug on the conversion to XHTML and I am playing to get nice looking customizations of the generated HTML. The articles would be available (POD6 and HTML) in the URL:

The patch and patched Perl6::Perldoc is also available at but I filed an RT ticket as well, so it has a chance to be permanently fixed.

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