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    Request for Volunteers: DateTime::Cron::Simple

    Journal written by Alias (5735) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.29 3:52   Printer-friendly
    When DateTime::Cron::Simple was originally uploaded to the CPAN, it contained a copyright assertion, but no license of any kind was provided with it.

    Following an enquiry from the Venezuelan Patents and Intellectual Property Office on it's licensing status, and conversations with the author, the module is being deleted from the CPAN as per the author's demands.

    At least one major Perl product (WebGUI) is known to use this module, and so I'd like to make a request for volunteers to write an API-compatible replacement to allow for continuity of service.

    Any interested parties should contact the DateTime mailing list to co-ordinate, and permissions to the namespace will be reassigned as needed.

    This Week on perl5-porters - 18-24 September 2006

    posted by grinder on 2006.09.28 16:29   Printer-friendly

    If we fake times in our fake stat then fake futimes makes sense. But chown and chmod make little sense to me - only the current process can access the scalar so current UID is owner (and can't exec it).

    We could accept the calls and set errno to nearest code that made sense, or perhaps just set the mode so that fake stat saw it.

    Have we missed any more fd related calls? If there anything else that we can do to filehandles via perl interface that we missed?

    -- Nick Ing-Simmons, discussing how to improve PerlIO::Scalar, September 1st, 2006.

    Dates for YAPC::NA 2007

    Journal written by jfluhmann (6902) and posted by davorg on 2006.09.28 8:11   Printer-friendly
    The dates for YAPC::NA 2007 have finally been established! The group and YAPC::NA 2007 organizers are pleased to announce that next year's YAPC::NA will be Monday, June 25th through Wednesday, June 27th, at the University of Houston. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit the YAPC::NA homepage for updates and information. The site format and content should be changing soon so be sure to check back as often as you like. We'll try to post a schedule of when various things will be announced so that people know when to expect what (suggestion from this year's yapc wiki).

    Nick Ing-Simmons Passed Away

    posted by KM on 2006.09.27 17:12   Printer-friendly
    This week the Perl community lost one of its long time contributors, Nick Ing-Simmons, who died of a heart attack on Monday September 25th 2006. For more information, please see the Perl Foundation Blog entry.

    Perl 6 summary for 17-23 September, 2006

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2006.09.24 9:14   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    "my Yellow sub marine { }"

    -- Larry Wall, concluding a series of Beatles references in the grep thread.

    Ask use Perl: State of the Onion 10

    Journal written by Shlomi Fish (918) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.23 0:18   Printer-friendly
    Larry Wall's State of the Onion 10 is now online on As most things Larry it makes an entertaining read.

    This Week on perl5-porters - 11-17 September 2006

    posted by grinder on 2006.09.22 16:29   Printer-friendly
    "Now to move a huge pile of bugs out of my queue and into Randy's. THUD" -- Michael G. Schwern, making MakeMaker lighter.

    Meeting Announcements: Ridiculously Good Looking Pittsburgh Perl Workshop

    posted by pudge on 2006.09.20 15:38   Printer-friendly
    cwest writes "The first-ever Pittsburgh Perl Workshop is coming September 23rd, and it's going to be fantastic. We have two excellent sets of sessions scheduled, an awesome after-event venue, and a bunch of surprises. It is nearly sold out, so please register now ($40 for general admission, $20 for students) to reserve your spot. We still need more volunteers to help make this a success. If you're interested, please sign up for the available positions on our wiki. We are planning to go to the festive and microbrew-licious Church Brew Works for an after-party at 7 p.m. It's very important to sign up if you want to go, so we know how many tables to reserve."

    Meeting Announcements: The Damian is coming! The Damian is coming!

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.19 18:17   Printer-friendly
    uri writes "As the famous poem goes, one if by land and two if by sea. Perl's
    resident mad scientist Damian Conway is crossing the sea (the Atlantic
    pond) to come to Boston so that means he will be giving 2 (count'em 2!)
    talks. These talks have been received with riotous applause and deadly
    silence at oscon::na and oscon::eu.

    German Perl Workshop - Call for Papers

    Journal written by domm (4030) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.18 18:04   Printer-friendly

    The 9th German Perl-Workshop will take place from Wednesday, 21 Feb. 2007 to Friday, 23 Feb.2007 and you are invited to submit proposals for talks or tutorials. We will happily accept proposals for interesting talks related to Perl.

    Perl 6 Design Meeting Notes for 13 September 2006

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by davorg on 2006.09.18 3:44   Printer-friendly

    The Perl 6 Design Team met on 13 September. Patrick, Allison, Larry, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

    Perl 6 summary, 10-16 September, 2006

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2006.09.16 15:17   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    This summary has been posted early because I will be going to OSCON Europe on Sunday. Next week's summary will include any threads which were not included this week.

    News: Pittsburgh Perl Workshop Update

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.16 14:29   Printer-friendly
    ehdonhon writes "Time is running out for early-bird registrations.

    The deadline for taking advantage of the early-bird registrations is Monday, September 18th. After the 18th, the registration fees double to $40 ($20 for students).

    Tag your blogs.

    When blogging about the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop or posting related pictures to flicker, please use the tag "PPW06".

    Social event information.

    We are in the process of planning a social event for after the workshop. We are very close to having the venue established. If you would like to attend the social event, please sign up on the wiki:"

    A Perl interface to the US Postal Service Web Tool

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.16 4:16   Printer-friendly

    I've written Business-USPS-WebTools to interact with the US Postal Service's Web Tools. This isn't screen scraping; it's a real web service officially offered by the USPS. So far I've only done the Address Information services: Address Standardization, Zip Code Lookup, and City/State Lookup. I didn't use any of the XML modules or anything other yucky things. The requests and responses are very small, and the other side doesn't understand real XML anyway.

    Perlcast interviews chromatic, co-author of Perl Hacks

    Journal written by jmcada (5846) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.15 12:07   Printer-friendly
    Perlcast is back with an interview with chromatic, the author of the book Perl Hacks . In addition, O'Reilly will giving away copies of Perl Hacks to some lucky Perlcast listeners. You can be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a copy by sending at email to

    This Week on perl5-porters - 1-10 September 2006

    posted by grinder on 2006.09.15 7:06   Printer-friendly

    "Most version control systems have flexible commit hooks to automatically perform actions" -- Michael G Schwern

    "Obi Wan Perforce: This isn't the version control system you were looking for. Move along, move along..." -- John Peacock

    Meeting Announcements: The Dutch Perl Workshop 2007

    posted by rafael on 2006.09.14 10:30   Printer-friendly
    H.Merijn Brand writes "After several succesful Dutch Perl Workshops, we will organize a Dutch Perl Workshop again in February or March 2007. (most likely). Is there anyone that would like to attend and/or give a speech there? We have no date set yet, and if you *really* would like to come, we can still try to fit it around the dates that are possible."

    Happy September 11

    posted by pudge on 2006.09.11 18:35   Printer-friendly
    No, this isn't a plug for my new song, Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday. Rather, this is from dejah, who sends in a bit of Perl Poetry about the anniversary. Read on for the poem and its reading.

    Google Test Automation Conference

    Journal written by acme (189) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.10 13:02   Printer-friendly

    This week I participated in the Test Automation Conference hosted by Google in London. They are based just by Victoria Station and have pretty shiny offices indeed with a pool table, table football and lots of little perks like fridges full of Innocent smoothies. This two-day conference really interested me as I'm really interested in large scale testing - as the tshirt we got pointed out: "because life is too short for manual testing".

    ANNOUNCE: AxKit2 v1.1

    Journal written by Matts (1087) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2006.09.10 10:00   Printer-friendly

    It's with great pride that the AxKit development team announce AxKit2 version 1.1. We've ironed out all those rough edges. We've built production ready apps with it. We've tested it with bullets (and not just blanks).

    So go forth, download, and enjoy. Available in the usual places. May take 24 hours to mirror everywhere (CPAN and Apache mirrors).

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