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  News: Which Perl for Win32 PCs with restricted rights? on 2009.10.10 9:04

Posted by grinder on 2009.10.10 9:04
Windows
STBEY writes "I think Strawberry Perl is absolutely great!
But...

What do you do on Windows machines where you do not have Administrator rights, or no rights at all to install anything, to be more precise?
Such as e.g. in large companies, with very restrictive user policies?
And by "installing" I mean running an installer, configuring the binary and changing the registry like Strawberry Perl does.

What often DOES work on these machines though is copying files.

So we need a Perl binary which will install on any drive, just by unpacking a ZIP archive, for instance.
And if you don't have the rights to change the system's PATH environment variable, you need a batch script to call Perl for you, to be copied into one of the directories in the PATH, or to any directory you have write permissions to, and from which you will be calling Perl.

It may seem awkward, but in return you will have a fully-fledged Perl running on your crippled PC.
If this is what you need, have a look at http://www.engelschall.com/u/sb/download/win32/perl-5.10.1-win32-bin-0001.zip.
(See the README.txt file in the root directory for all the gory details)

The installation is simpler than it sounds.
Hope this helps!
Enjoy!"
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  Journal: print scalar gmtime 1234567890 on 2009.02.12 16:15

Journal by grinder on 2009.02.12 16:15
User Journal

It seems like only yesterday we passed epoch 1000000000 when in fact it was nearly eight and a half years ago. On the other hand I remember epoch 1111111111 quite clearly since it was just before my birthday.

And now we come to another momentous epoch, that of 1234567890. I just happened to notice this as I was watching a Cyrus imapd logfile.

2009-02-13 23:31:30 UTC, by my reckoning. A good excuse for a pint, if you ask me.

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  This Week on perl5-porters - 18-25 January 2009 on 2009.02.01 9:19

Posted by grinder on 2009.02.01 9:19
Summaries

"Are these names considered to be a public non-changeable interface by virtue of having been placed in these directories for a while, even though they were never documented as far as I can tell? Or are these files considered to be an internal implementation detail of Perl, not for external use, and hence subject to change or deletion?" -- Karl Williamson, waging war on two fronts simultaneously, Perl and Unicode.

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  This Week on perl5-porters - 3-9 November 2008 on 2008.11.18 18:16

Posted by grinder on 2008.11.18 18:16
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This Week on perl5-porters - 3-9 November 2008

"PS: Hi, guys. Been a while. How you been?" -- Chip Salzenberg, back on the chain gang.

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  This Week on perl5-porters - 27 October-2 November 2008 on 2008.11.11 18:08

Posted by grinder on 2008.11.11 18:08
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This Week on perl5-porters - 27 October-2 November 2008

"So we're doing things at BEGIN time in UNIVERSAL with source filters. With a garnish of messing with @ISA in some other classes. What could possibly go wrong?" -- Nicholas Clark, trying to address serious bugs lurking somewhere in code this funky.

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  Journal: Please test File::Path 2.06_06 on 2008.10.28 5:31

Journal by grinder on 2008.10.28 5:31
User Journal

A couple of usability bugs turned up when File::Path was dragged kicking and screaming into the third millennium, with its new options hash interface.

Refactoring the code introduced a nasty symlink chmod 777 error, and the heuristics for detecting the new way of calling rmtree and mkpath made the wrong call in some circumstances.

All should be fixed, and the code as it stands should be ready to be bundled with perl 5.8.9. To help this happen, could people give this a spin?

Notably, users of minicpan should see errors about uninitialized variables go away, and people who see spurious all-digits directories created in $HOME should also see them go away.

Also, is the documentation clear? Please lodge RT reports for any problems you encounter.

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  News: Parrot 0.8.0, "Pareto principle" released! on 2008.10.22 16:32

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.22 16:32
Parrot
particle writes "On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 0.8.0
"Pareto Principle." Parrot (http://parrotcode.org/) is a virtual machine aimed
at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 0.8.0 is available via CPAN (soon), or follow the download
instructions at http://parrotcode.org/source.html. For those who would like to develop on
Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion on
the source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code.
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  Beijing Perl Workshop Schedule is online! on 2008.10.22 16:30

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.22 16:30
User Journal
Qiang writes "The tentative schedule is now online. There are 20 talks accepted including 6 lighting talks. 180 people registered so far.

now It is your turn. Come join us in Beijing on Nov 08, 2008!"
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  News: Minneapolis Frozen Perl 2009 workshop on 2008.10.20 15:45

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.20 15:45
Events
olegm writes "The Minneapolis Perl Mongers are organizing a one-day Perl workshop in Minneapolis on February 07, 2009, and I hope some of you can attend. We're also working on a hackathon the day after and a Perl class taught by brian d foy of Stonehenge Consulting on the day before. These extras will be announced on our website once we have more details. Our site is at http://www.frozen-perl.org/

If you are a student, you'll be eligible for the super-cheap rates for the Workshop ($20 early bird for the workshop).

We've also opened our call for speakers, and we'd love to have your submissions. You can view the CFS at http://www.frozen-perl.org/mpw2009/cfs.html"
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  This Week on perl5-porters - 15-21 September 2008 on 2008.10.20 15:27

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.20 15:27
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This Week on perl5-porters - 15-21 September 2008

This is sort of like one of those useless Windows alert boxes that pop up to tell you something perfectly normal has happened and you should do nothing. "A USB device was safely removed!" Yes, thank you, I just removed it. It's this sort of hand-wringing user interface design ("but the user might not have expected that USB device to be removed, they should be told so they can maybe, possibly do something!") that I'd like Perl to avoid. -- Michael G. Schwern, wanting numeric upgrades to JFDI.

(Please take note of the date. I'm posting the backlog of summaries after having encountered problems trying to post them last month).

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  This Fortnight on perl5-porters - 28 September-12 October 2008 on 2008.10.19 17:49

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.19 17:49
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This Fortnight on perl5-porters - 28 September-12 October 2008

"... because a git repository is a collection of assembled changes, not a linear progression, using a commit ID as a way to find out where your code came from doesn't work. This is not git's fault but is an issue with every distributed version control system (SVK tries to pretend otherwise). You could perhaps use a combination of the git repository you pulled from and the last commit ID, but [...] fundamentally the idea is gone. It's a small price to pay." -- Michael G. Schwern, coming to terms with the future.

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  Perl 6 Design Minutes for 15 October 2008 on 2008.10.17 12:02

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.17 12:02
User Journal
The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 15 October 2008. Larry, Allison, Will, Jerry, Patrick, Nicholas, and chromatic attended.
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  This Week on perl5-porters - 22-27 September 2008 on 2008.10.05 16:10

Posted by grinder on 2008.10.05 16:10
Summaries

"I'm really tempted to fix toke.c:S_incline() instead. I don't think there will be much breakage, right?" -- Rafaël Garcia-Suarez, hiking in mountain boots where angels fear to tread.

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  The Quest for Perfect Tools on 2008.09.24 15:17

Posted by grinder on 2008.09.24 15:17
User Journal

Both Gabor and Herbert have been discussing what they see as desirable in an editor.

I think most of the specifics of what this tool should do or that tool should do are largely irrelevant, because as a user interface we're facing what is fundamentally an "Open Problem".

What we can do, however, is identify the underlying effects that we need to achieve in the creation of tools for wide audiences, and then refer back to effects when looking at individual features.

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  yapc: Beijing Perl Workshop - Nov 08, 2008 on 2008.09.24 15:15

Posted by grinder on 2008.09.24 15:15
yapc
Qiang writes "just a quick announcement that PerlChina is going to host a Beijing Perl Workshop on Nov 08, 2008.

It is jointly organized with the postgresql china that means there will be some postgresql talks as well. We have also secured few sponsorships to fly Jesse Vincent and two other postgresql hackers to the workshop. The conference website is not ready yet (having problem finding someone from ACT to move our test ACT site into production). If you are planning a trip to beijing in the early November, send a email to conference[at]perlchina.org to register the workshop, or even better come give a talk(20,40 minutes or lighting talk)!"
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