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    YAPC::NA 2007 is almost here!

    posted by davorg on 2007.06.11 5:00   Printer-friendly
    jfluhmann writes "YAPC::NA 2007 is only 15 days away! If you haven't already registered, it's not too late! Visit the YAPC::NA website to get registered. Don't miss out on the largest Perl gathering of North America!

    News: Volunteer for the Perl Foundation booth at OSCON

    posted by davorg on 2007.06.11 4:00   Printer-friendly
    dha writes "The Perl Foundation will again make its presence known in the vendor room of OSCON in late July. If you would like to donate a couple of hours of your time to help run the booth, we'd be happy to have you! If you're interested, send an email to We look forward to seeing you in Portland!"

    News: Artistic 2.0 approved by OSI

    posted by pudge on 2007.06.08 1:31   Printer-friendly
    Allison writes "In a June 6th meeting of the board, the Open Source Initiative has approved the Artistic License 2.0 for their online list of licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition. The new version of the license will replace the original Artistic License and the Clarified Artistic License. Though the revision process for the Artistic 2.0 was completed nearly a year ago, this marks a significant vote of acceptance for the license from the broader open source community."

    Perl 6 Design Meeting Minutes for 30 May 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by davorg on 2007.06.07 3:01   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 30 May 2007. Larry, Allison, and chromatic attended. These are the notes.

    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 06 June 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.06.07 0:36   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 design team met on 06 June 2007. Larry, Allison, Nicholas, Jesse, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

    Teach-In: Slides and Video

    Journal written by davorg (18) and posted by davorg on 2007.06.06 5:20   Printer-friendly
    The slides from last weekend's Teach-In are are now available online.

    You can also get audio and video of the first session on both and Google video. There's also an RSS feed that you can subscribe to if you want to know when the remaining three sessions are released (over the next couple of weeks). I'm told that this feeds links to "enhanced podcasts" of the presentation - but not being an iGeek I have no idea what that means.

    Thanks to Jonathan Tweed at the BBC for the work he is putting in on these recordings.

    Call for Venue--YAPC::NA::2008

    Journal written by cbrandtbuffalo (4462) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.06.05 8:35   Printer-friendly
    It's that time of year again--we need your bids in to host YAPC::NA in your town next summer. Most of the details for a bid are in my post from last year. Same rules apply this year.

    To re-iterate a few points:

    • If you plan on bidding, folks from your group should really attend YAPC::NA this year to see how things work and maybe even help out.
    • Get your bid ready early and we'll give you feedback before the due date at the YAPC BOF.
    • Venue requirements are available and bids from previous years are available in the TPF Blog. Last year all of the bids were very good, so they are a good resource.
    • Details on running a YAPC are available in the TPF project on Google code.
    • As with previous years, the bids will be made public in the TPF Blog after the due date.

    Send any questions and completed bids to the TPF conferences group: tpf-conferences (at) perl (dot) org

    Perlcast: Curtis "Ovid" Poe

    Journal written by jmcada (5846) and posted by davorg on 2007.06.03 14:48   Printer-friendly
    After a very long break, Perlcast is back in action. I have quite a few podcasts in the queue, most from the Nordic Perl Workshop 2007. Let's get the first NPW interview out the door with this one with Curtis "Ovid" Poe concerning his work with Perl testing and TAP::Parser.

    Call for testers: the new File::Path

    Journal written by grinder (1100) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.28 15:16   Printer-friendly

    The latest development version of File::Path (version 1.99_02) is winging its way around the world to a CPAN mirror near you. It needs to be tested on as wide a variety of platforms as possible. This includes Windows, VMS, OS/2, QNX, NFS file systems, AFS and anything else you can lay your hands on.

    YAPC::Europe 2007 Call for Papers Deadline this Sunday

    Journal written by domm (4030) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.25 13:53   Printer-friendly

    Proposal Submission Deadline: Sunday, 27th May 2007, 23:59 (CET)

    Just a quick note to let you all know that the deadline for submitting talk proposals for this year's YAPC::Europe is rapidly approaching.

    For some ideas on talks and last-minute discussions see our wiki.

    More information on how to submit a talk can be found on our website.

    Speakers do not have to pay the attendance fee, and will receive some special goodies!

    If you never did a talk (at a YAPC, or in general), we strongly encourage you to give it a try! The organisers will try to help newcomers with their talks, e.g. by proofreading the presentations.

    We're waiting for your proposals!

    OpenGL: Perl vs Python

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.24 16:04   Printer-friendly
    bfree writes "Graphcomp posts new OpenGL benchmarks comparing:
    Perl vs Python and SDL::OpenGL vs POGL
    on their POGL Developer's Site
    • Perl OpenGL (POGL) is over 20% faster than Python OpenGL (PyOpenGL)
    • POGL is over 60% faster than SDL::OpenGL, using OpenGL::Array (OGA) objects
    • POGL is comparable to C for many OpenGL operations

    Parrot 0.4.12 "Of the Caribbean" Released

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.24 13:16   Printer-friendly
    chromatic writes "On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 0.4.12 "Of the Caribbean." Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

    Parrot 0.4.12 can be obtained via CPAN (soon), or follow the download instructions. For those who would like to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion or SVK on our source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code.

    The next release will take place on 19 June 2007.

    Parrot 0.4.12 News:
    • even more refactorings and improvements in configuration system
    • improved tests and documentation for configuration system — Languages:
    • Updated abc, PHP ("Plumhead"), Lua, Tcl
    • Reclaimed Lisp — Design:
    • new PMC PDD draft partially completed — Implementation:
    • continued implementation of PDD 15 (Objects)
    • minor garbage collector and memory management improvements
    • several memory leaks resolved
    • extended support for compilers other than GCC
    • improved C++ compiler compatibility
    • enhanced support for Solaris, non-MSVC Win32, and other platforms

    Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors for supporting this project.


    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 23 May 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.23 13:54   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 23 May 2007. Larry, Nicholas, chromatic, and Jesse attended. Patrick sent in his report separately. These are the minutes.

    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 16 May 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.15 22:55   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 Design Team met on 16 May 2007 by phone. Larry, Damian, Allison, Patrick, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

    YAPC Europe 2007 - CFP and CFH Deadlines Approachi

    Journal written by domm (4030) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.09 9:49   Printer-friendly

    The deadline to submit Hackathon proposals for this year's YAPC Europe in Vienna is just around the corner. Please do not forget to submit your proposals by Sunday, 13th May 2007.

    The Call for Papers deadline is less than 3 weeks away from today.

    The theme for this year's conference is "Social Perl", which we hope will inspire submissions for this and related topics. If Perl has helped you or your company to get people together, or if you can report how Perl is "social" to other programming languages, or how Perl may profit from inspirations from other languages, we'd like to hear about it. Although this is our main topic for the conference, it will not be the only one, and as such we will also be accepting talks on just about any theme.

    Types of talks include 20 or 40 minutes talks, 60-90 minute tutorials, or 3 hour Hack-a-thons, BOFs or Workshops. There are still some slots free!

    Hope to see you in Vienna, on behalf of

    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 09 May 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by davorg on 2007.05.09 4:33   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 09 May 2007. Larry, Nicholas, Jesse, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

    Ask use Perl: Perl QA wiki moved

    Journal written by AndyArmstrong (7200) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.06 0:15   Printer-friendly
    The current Perl QA wiki has been attracting a lot of spam recently - and we seem to have lost contact with Tyler MacDonald who as far as I know is the only person with admin access to it.

    So I've moved all the content to and set it up so that only registered users may edit. It's a shame to have to restrict access in that way; certainly we'll get fewer drive-by contributions as a result. On balance it's better than the message that a spam-riddled quality (quality!) wiki sends I think.

    Please update bookmarks / links accordingly.

    POGL: Perl OpenGL Developer's Site

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.05.04 22:18   Printer-friendly
    Graphcomp announces a new Perl OpenGL developer site, featuring news, documentation, tutorials, a nascent 3D gallery, and the latest binary/source distributions. In the months to come, we will be adding a forum, posting tips&tricks and increasing our list of POGL-based apps, tools and online services. We invite all OpenGL developers (whether you actively use Perl or not) to participate - we welcome suggestions for new POGL features and applications, source code contributions, and cross-language benchmarks. If you are currently using POGL, send us your screencaps and videos!

    News: Free Perl Training in London

    posted by davorg on 2007.05.04 3:15   Printer-friendly

    The London Perl Mongers, together with BBC Backstage have organised a one-day Perl Teach-In day to be held at the BBC Broadcast Centre on Saturday 2nd June.

    You can get more details (and can sign up) at

    I'll be running the training, so I'll be happy to answer any questions, but note that this is _not_ a course for beginners. You'll need to already understand things like references and writing modules in order for the course to be worthwhile.

    Update: Registration is now closed. We sold out in 48 hours. I guess it's true what they say - Perl really is dead :-)

    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 02 May 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by davorg on 2007.05.02 4:30   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 02 May 2007. Larry, Nicholas, Jesse, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.
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