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Posted by pudge on 2007.08.15 18:30
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.15 14:28
barbie writes "Over the years there have been several suggestions to create a mailing list to discuss the developments of the CPAN Testing tools. When it was first created, the original CPAN Testers mailing list didn't get too much traffic and it was fairly easy to follow a discussion. However, with thousands of reports now being produced daily, any discussion gets lost in the deluge without heavy filtering in place, and even there are false positives. Following a recent request, the perl.org crew have kindly set us up with a new mailing list for anyone who is interested in the toolsets, process and any such related discussions.

Please welcome the all new CPAN Testers Discuss mailing list. Sign up by sending an empty mail to cpan-testers-discuss @ perl.org. Archives are available on the web, with more info available on the CPAN Testers Wiki.

Thanks to Robert and Ask for setting this up."
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.15 5:41
geekphilosophy writes "There's a meeting of the Vancouver Perl Mongers this Saturday, August 18th, feature Jay Shirley talking about Catalyst. Check out the Van.pm website for more details."

  perl buzz 2007-08-15 02:58 jrockway

Submitted by jrockway on 2007.08.15 2:58
jrockway writes "Looks like Andy Lester has started his own version of use.perl at http://perlbuzz.com/.
TMTOWTDI!"

  perl buzz 2007-08-15 02:58

Journal by jrockway on 2007.08.15 2:58
Looks like Andy Lester has started his own version of use.perl at http://perlbuzz.com/.
TMTOWTDI!
Posted by pudge on 2007.08.14 18:30
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.13 21:06
ehdonhon writes "You! Submit a talk proposal by 20 August 2007 (Please!)

The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2007 is your golden opportunity to share your Perl ideas, code, and projects with eager hordes of like-minded codefolk. Last year's speakers had so much fun that we were forced to add an extra day of speaking slots to this year's PPW. Shouldn't one of those slots be yours? Shouldn't you experience the full glory of the PPW fun-fest that only speakers can know?

  Perl Survey translations available 2007-08-13 20:38 Skud

Submitted by Skud on 2007.08.13 20:38
Skud writes "Have you completed the Perl Survey yet?

We're trying to get the number of respondents up over 4,000 this week, and we'd be particularly thrilled if we could reach out to more Perl people from non-English-speaking countries.

We currently have translations of the publicity materials and survey questions in the following languages: Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, and Swedish. Check out the translations page and if you know anyone who speaks any of those languages, please pass on the translated publicity emails, and ask them to spread the word.

If you speak a language other than English (that's not on the list already) and could provide a translation, instructions and a "translation kit" are available at the page linked above."
Posted by pudge on 2007.08.13 18:30
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.13 0:00
No one complained about Business::ISBN 2.00_01, so I've promoted it to version 2.01. This adds support for ISBN-13, although it does not have publisher data for the 979 numbers (which I don't think anyone is using yet, anyway).

Don't throw away your Business::ISBN 1.x stuff until you know your applications work with the new stuff. :)
Posted by pudge on 2007.08.12 18:30
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.12 5:20
This year the Chicago Perl Mongers sponsored a camel at the Lincoln Park Zoo. On Saturday, a group got together for a behind-the-scenes tour of the camel exhibit, and posed for a picture near the camels (as close as we dare get, and with a fence inbetween)!

Read more about the trip in my post to the Windy City Perl Mongers mailing list.

If you're ever in the Chicago area, even just to visit, feel free to take part in any of the Windy City Perl Mongers events. If you like the White Sox, we'll still be friendly.
Journal by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.12 4:58
This year the Chicago Perl Mongers sponsored a camel at the Lincoln Park Zoo. On Saturday, a group got together for a behind-the-scenes tour of the camel exhibit, and posed for a picture near the camels (as close as we dare get, and with a fence inbetween)!

Read more about the trip in my post to the Windy City Perl Mongers mailing list.

If you're ever in the Chicago area, even just to visit, feel free to take part in any of the Windy City Perl Mongers events. If you like the White Sox, we'll still be friendly.
Posted by pudge on 2007.08.11 18:30
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.10 22:54
After a recent patch of mine to blead split // is around three times as faster than it was, it's even faster than unpack! I'll be giving a lightning talk on this (click the "slides/index.html" link) at YAPC::EU 2007 if the conference organizers will let me.
Journal by avar on 2007.08.10 18:58
After a recent patch of mine to blead split // is around three times as faster than it was, it's even faster than unpack! I'll be giving a lightning talk on this (click the "slides/index.html" link) at YAPC::EU 2007 if the conference organizers will let me.
Posted by pudge on 2007.08.10 18:30

  External Laptop battery[->] 2007-08-10 03:52 seanax

Submitted by seanax on 2007.08.10 3:52
seanax writes "One for all and wide compatible only by changing the intelligent cable, can be adjusted to use with most of notebook and supports most of different brands and models."
http://www.sales-battery.com/External_laptop_battery.html
Journal by chromatic on 2007.08.09 21:30

The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 08 August 2007. Larry, Damian, Allison, Patrick, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

c:

  • I think I found the Tcl/Parrot problem
  • unfortunately, I need either Leo or Jonathan to help
  • otherwise it'll probably take another couple of weeks to track down
  • fixed a couple of bugs found through Coverity scans
  • looking for help from a NetBSD hacker to write a good Parrot pkgsrc package to pull and build from Subversion
  • that'll get more frequent scans

Damian:

  • a week away from my northern hemisphere speaking tour
  • fairly focused on getting ready for that
  • preparing for the YAPC::EU keynote
  • thinking heavily about Perl 6 documentation features
  • awful lot of effort to prepare for an eight-week tour
  • I'll have a lovely uninterrupted 24 hour block of time in the air in which I hope to make documentation progress

Larry:

  • did a major upgrade to the standard grammar to remove all obsolete special variables
  • decent failures about what people ought to use instead
  • made a language restriction: placeholder names cannot be single uppercase letters
  • mostly otherwise working with Patrick about either the semantics of autoincrement or the interplay of blocks and semicolons
  • we've made progress on both
  • if you have any construct in the middle of a line, a construct that could terminate there, you need a semicolon if it doesn't look like there's a terminator
  • partly for consistency
  • mostly for visual reasons
  • simplifies the grammar slightly

Nicholas:

  • the grammar inferred semicolons there?

Larry:

  • yes
  • if you have two statements on a line, you have to terminate the first one well
  • right brackets can count as termination
  • makes list comprehensions easier (blocks can contain statements)
  • that's occupied most of my time

Patrick:

  • things are going well
  • NQP is coming along nicely
  • have a new contributor working on it (Colin Kuskie)
  • I'm trying to make sure he's not bottlenecked
  • that's part of the reason for me working with Larry this week
  • the grammar doesn't always make it obvious how to accomplish certain things

c:

  • how much work does NQP need before we can translate other languages?

Patrick:

  • two or three ideal days
  • not sure how many real days that is
  • certainly hope it's before the next Parrot release
  • I know people are waiting for it
  • Larry's response time has been incredibly helpful on that too

Larry:

  • I'm trying to look omniscient

Allison:

  • implemented vtable overrides for the new object metamodel
  • should be the last big thing Patrick needed before switching over PGE
  • that has PDD 15 passing most of the old test suite
  • only have about 70 tests failing there
  • have a couple of final bits
  • the new metamodel still doesn't allow you to do a vtable override on find_method
  • the bulk are working
  • that's a three line change
  • after Patrick shifts PGE, we can remove most of the old system
  • or at least shunt it away somewhere

Larry:

  • how's the garbage collector coming along?

Patrick:

  • we have a lot of people looking into the problem, but no real fixes yet
  • it's difficult to diagnose....
Posted by pudge on 2007.08.09 18:30
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.09 16:57
Randal Schwartz will be presenting an Introduction to Rose::DB::Object, the ORM Framework by John Siracusa that has gained a lot of popularity since its release to CPAN.

The meeting will be on Thursday the 16th of August at 7:00pm at the Rent.com office in Santa Monica. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

For details please visit:

http://la.pm.org/
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.09 16:27
The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 08 August 2007. Larry, Damian, Allison, Patrick, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.
Posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.08.09 16:27
The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 08 August 2007. Larry, Damian, Allison, Patrick, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

  Bricolage 1.10.3 released 2007-08-09 06:39 slanning

Submitted by slanning on 2007.08.09 6:39
slanning writes "After more than a year since the last release, Bricolage version 1.10.3 has been released.

The distribution tarball can be downloaded from sourceforge (or the Bricolage web site once it has been updated).

The list of changes is in `perldoc lib/Bric/Changes.pod` of the distribution, or at sourceforge.

"

  Bricolage 1.10.3 released 2007-08-09 06:38

Journal by slanning on 2007.08.09 6:38

After more than a year since the last release, Bricolage version 1.10.3 has been released.

The distribution tarball can be downloaded from sourceforge (or the Bricolage web site once it has been updated).

The list of changes is in `perldoc lib/Bric/Changes.pod` of the distribution, or at sourceforge.