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Monday June 29, 2009
07:51 AM

Return to the Perl Survey

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Back in January, I started doing work on the Perl Foundation grant for the perl survey. I'd gathered all the data together, and done a fairly sizable job of cleaning it up, when along came a new job and a horrendous set of deadlines for the now imminent Catalyst book. Meanwhile I was waiting for Skud to give me the original Perl Survey 2007 report which had fallen off the net.

So for now, I'm going to go through the survey report fairly slowly, replicating the previously presented analysis in R code and writing notes about what extra things can be done with the extant data. Once this is done, I'll look at things that can be dropped from the old survey, and think about enhancing the next iteration of the survey with more questions.

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  • I just got myself a copy of the ebook via the book page: http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430223650 [apress.com]. Thankfully the PDF opens and displays properly in evince(1), so I can avoid using monstrous acroread.

    I'm looking forward to this book providing the breakthrough for me to move past the "strong interest stage" so I can confidently make use of Catalyst: profusely and extensively. Thanks!

    --
    Cliff

  • Not sure how you feel about it, but the survey sites I run for YAPCs now is probably more than capable of collecting the data, if you wish to use it.

    At the moment the surveys require a login/keycode, but this can be automated in a two part process, by allowing someone to register basic details thus creating a login on the fly, then allowing them to complete the survey.

    Then your tools need only concentrate on analysing the data rather than asking the questions. The questions themselves are held in a YAML fil