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jj
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http://perl.jonallen.info/

Software development manager for OpusVL [opusvl.com], member of Birmingham Perl Mongers [pm.org] and maintainer of http://perldoc.perl.org [perl.org].

Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/JJ_Perl [twitter.com].

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  Journal: TPF News website redesign on 2010.08.16 14:57

Journal by jj on 2010.08.16 14:57
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I've just uploaded a new design for http://news.perlfoundation.org. Based on the perldoc.perl.org style, it implements Phil Smith's idea for the "Explore Perl" toolbar. I'll blog in more detail about this later, but essentially we've now got a single list of links that appear on multiple sites but are maintained in a sing

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  Journal: Building Web Mashups with Catalyst on 2009.09.24 9:02

Journal by jj on 2009.09.24 9:02
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Last night I gave my talk Web Mashups with Catalyst at the Birmingham Perl Mongers technical meeting.

We also had two guest speakers - Stuart Langridge talked about the future of Python web development, and Nick Harewood demonstrated Microsoft Silverlight and Expression Blend.

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  Comment: Good idea! (Score 1) on 2009.09.21 5:20

by jj on 2009.09.21 5:20 (#70646)
Attached to: Imager file format modules
It would be great if the Imager::File::* modules could build a private copy of the required libraries in the module directory, similar to Alien::Zlib. This would really simplify installation, especially for users without root access.
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  Journal: Easy thumbnail images from Catalyst on 2009.09.09 6:54

Journal by jj on 2009.09.09 6:54
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A couple of days ago I released Catalyst::View::Thumbnail, which provides an easy way to serve thumbnail images. It should work with any model that can put raw image data onto the stash (you don't need the MIME type, it's automatically detected), so a controller to produce thumbnails 100px high would look like this:

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  Comment: Re:Just a few notes (Score 1) on 2009.09.01 5:31

by jj on 2009.09.01 5:31 (#70409)
Attached to: local::lib installation walkthrough
Thanks for your comments, I've updated the article accordingly. Note that the guide is aimed at UNIX users who don't have root access, that's why there's no information about Windows. Cheers, JJ
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  Journal: local::lib installation walkthrough on 2009.08.26 8:59

Journal by jj on 2009.08.26 8:59
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I've put together a short guide to installing Perl modules without root access using local::lib.

If anyone has any corrections or suggestions for improvement, please let me know!

Cheers,

JJ

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  Journal: perldoc.perl.org updated for Perl 5 version 10.1 on 2009.08.24 5:27

Journal by jj on 2009.08.24 5:27
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Hot on the heels of the Perl 5 version 10.1 release, I've updated http://perldoc.perl.org with the new documentation. Thanks to Dave Mitchell and everyone else involved in getting the 10.1 release out, well done!

The old Perl 5 version 10.0 documentation has been moved to http://perldoc.perl.org/5.10.0.

Cheers,

JJ

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  Journal: perldoc.perl.org source code on GitHub on 2009.08.14 12:24

Journal by jj on 2009.08.14 12:24
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Today I uploaded the perldoc.perl.org source code to GitHub, the repository is at http://github.com/jonallen/perldoc.perl.org/tree/master. Issues, feature requests, and patches are all very welcome!

I've also made a few additions to the perldoc FAQs on the project page.

Cheers,

JJ

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  Journal: YAPC::Europe 2009 on 2009.08.08 8:15

Journal by jj on 2009.08.08 8:15
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Just wanted to say a big thanks to Cog, Alberto, Joana, and everyone else involved in putting on such a fantastic conference!

I saw many excellent talks, caught up with lots of friends in the hallway track, enjoyed many bottles of Super Bock, and generally had a grand time. Thank you!

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  Comment: Re:"(3 of which are for Google Analytics)" (Score 1) on 2009.07.30 5:11

by jj on 2009.07.30 5:11 (#69778)
Attached to: Improving perldoc.perl.org load times
One reason is for the browser and OS statistics - these tell me what platforms I need to test on.
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  Journal: Fixing Firefox Flicker on 2009.07.28 11:36

Journal by jj on 2009.07.28 11:36
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A few people have pointed out to me that scrolling down pages on perldoc.perl.org was causing their screens to flicker.

Unfortunately I've not been able to reproduce the problem, even when using exactly the same web browser and OS versions. From the reports I've had, it only appears to affect Firefox, only affects a very small number of people, and has nothing to do with CPU power.

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  Comment: Count me in (Score 1) on 2009.07.27 5:26

by jj on 2009.07.27 5:26 (#69672)
Attached to: Solutions Are Not Problems. Problems Are Problems.

Dave Cross and I (and Rozallin Thompson, I believe) will be meeting in Lisbon at YAPC::EU 2009 to discuss this issue.

Do you mind if I join you as well?

Cheers, JJ

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  Journal: Improving perldoc.perl.org load times on 2009.07.22 5:39

Journal by jj on 2009.07.22 5:39
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Following the perldoc design update, I've now started work on various fixes and optimisations.

The first of these is page load time.

After profiling in Safari, it became apparent that a large proportion of the load time was due to latency, and that the JavaScript files were blocking the loading of images, delaying the final page render.

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  Comment: Re:Well done (Score 1) on 2009.07.18 20:01

by jj on 2009.07.18 20:01 (#69537)
Attached to: Major update to perldoc.perl.org

Thank you for your comments, nice to hear you like the new design.

If you've got any suggestions for more suitable colours for the syntax highighting, just drop me a mail at jj@jonallen.info and we can have a chat about it. I'd be very interested to see what you've got set up in TextMate (I use Komodo Edit on a Mac btw), so please get in touch.

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  Journal: Major update to perldoc.perl.org on 2009.07.17 8:53

Journal by jj on 2009.07.17 8:53
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I'm pleased to announce a significant update to perldoc.perl.org, the Perl documentation website.

The main change is a complete new visual design, bringing a fresh, modern look to the site. Additionally there are a number of new features to aid navigation and usability - a floating page index window, recently read pages list, improved Pod rendering, and many more.

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