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Saturday October 21, 2006
04:15 PM

unions

I had a job interview today and it turns out they are unionised. I hadn't really thought about it before the interview as most IT people I know are not in a union. At the moment in theory my pay increase is linked to how well I do , I'm not sure how I would feel about moving to a job where that isn't true. Unions invoke a negative vibe in me but I guess that may be linked to the fact almost no one I know is a member of one.

Sunday September 17, 2006
02:34 PM

searching not supporting ::

Every so often I get slightly annoyed that google seems to drop :: when I search for information about a module.

Today I was looking for info about DateTime::Format::DateParse in the datetime mailing list archive and I got

JavaError: org.apache.lucene.queryParser.ParseException: Encountered ":" at line 1, column 9.
Was expecting one of:
        "(" ... ... ... ... ...
        "[" ...
        "{" ... ...

An archive of posts about perl where I can not search for a module name seems kinda wrong.

Sunday September 03, 2006
07:07 PM

CPAN module author awakiness

The YAPC talk about Plagger was very interesting so I tried installing it.

The talk said installing Plagger was a challenge and so it proved. A couple of dozen dozen modules were required from CPAN, to make things worse I decided to install all the optional modules and tried to install on a machine I do not have root on. Things went kinda bad,lots of stuff needed paths for libs I did not have installed and header files that were no where to be seen,tests failed and due to some recent changes on redbrick cpan ended up mixing sparc and intel shared libs up together. I'll try again tomorrow on a machine I have root on, where the directories are used only by one architecture and choose less optional modules. Things can only get better.

Since my local install area was all messed up I cleaned it out, fixed my cpan config so it doesn't mix different arch shared libs up and started installing the modules I need for some local programs and a few small webaps of mine that other people use on a daily basis. This is where stuff gets a little annoying, applying tiny but important fixes to modules or ignoring failing tests and hoping they do not matter. Some of these have already had fixes accepted by the author but no subsequent cpan release have ever taken place, some the author has fallen off the side of the internet and no one has jumped in to take their place. If only there was some way we could quantify author awakiness, perform some loving restoration on important/unique/very useful modules that need it or bias search away from dead ends that have better more alive alternatives. The first half probably exists informally but the second sounds tough without some quantitative support infrastructure.

05:33 PM

journal

I guess now that I have been to my second YAPC::EU maybe it is time for a perl journal so here it is.

I'm Peter aka link aka links aka the missing link aka El Linko aka some other link related names. Currently I'm living in Dublin.Not so long ago $work was mostly Perl/Tcl/C on HPUX and Solaris. One reorg latter I seem to be stuck in a Java/Linux monoculture.

Perlwise I have done the usual stuff templating systems , some simple chat websites, an ajax newsgroup reader. So far the only thing that has reached CPAN is Business::UTV Currently I am working on a hey like cmd line client for jabber.