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    News: Perl 6 Microgrants

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.22 11:01   Printer-friendly
    jesse writes "I'm pleased to announce the inaugural Perl 6 Microgrants program. Best Practical Solutions (my company) has donated USD5,000 to The Perl Foundation to help support Perl Development. Leon Brocard, representing The Perl Foundation's grants committee, will work with me to select proposals and evaluate project success. We'll be making USD500 grants to worthy Perl 6 related efforts.

    Perl 6 summary, 25 Feb - 3 Mar, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.03.21 15:20   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    "It seems you are presuming a Waterfall model of development here. We're not doing the Waterfall, we're doing the Whirlpool, where the strange attractor whirls around with feedback at many levels but eventually converges on something in the middle. In other words, a whirlpool sucks, but the trick is to position your whirlpool over your intended destination, and you'll eventually get there, though perhaps a bit dizzier than you'd like."

    -- Larry Wall, in 'What criteria mark the closure of perl6 specification'

    Website in a Box

    Journal written by singingfish (7494) and posted by davorg on 2007.03.21 4:59   Printer-friendly
    Website in a box is a Catalyst based content management system for individuals and small groups. It's got Google Code project space and a reasonably comprehensive test suite. It does some "Search Engine Optimisation" for you and has been built to be easy to hack on.

    It's also a nice application to look at if you want to learn Catalyst.

    Meeting Announcements: Social Meeting

    posted by davorg on 2007.03.14 4:37   Printer-friendly
    explorer writes " will have another social meeting, tomorrow. The first after a long time of inactivity.

    More info at web page or mailing list or Google Calendar."

    Meeting Announcements: Bug Day for parrot 0.4.10 on 3/17

    posted by davorg on 2007.03.14 4:33   Printer-friendly
    coke writes "From

    Bug Day

    On Saturday, 17 March 2007, please join us on IRC in #parrot ( to work on closing out as many RT ( tickets as possible in the parrot queue. This will help us get ready for the next release of parrot: 0.4.10, scheduled for Tuesday 20 March 2007. You'll find C, parrot assembly, perl, documentation, and plenty of tasks to go around. Core developers will be available most of the day (starting at around 10am GMT) to answer questions.

    No experience with parrot necessary."

    YAPC::SA::2007, April 11-14 in Porto Alegre

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.13 18:19   Printer-friendly
    brian_d_foy writes "Brasil-PM and SPB are organizing the Yet Another Perl Conference South America (YAPC::SA::2007), in April 11 and April 14, 2007. The meeting will take place during the 8th International Free Software Forum (FISL 8.0) @ Porto Alegre (RS) — Brazil, which is coordinated by Free Software Association, FIERGS Exposition Center.

    Centro de Eventos FIERGS
    Av. Assis Brasil, 8787
    Bairro Sarandi
    Porto Alegre — RS

    The Perl Review, Spring 2007

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.12 14:13   Printer-friendly
    The next issue of The Perl Review is out, and it's a special edition for the Nordic Perl Workshop! Not only that, the PDF-only price is now only $7. Subscribe now to beat the price increase for US postage rate increases in May.

    The Spring 2007 issue of The Perl Review is online and ready for download. Subscribers should have already received an email telling them all about it. In this issue (besides the cover showing Gary Blackburn's license "PERL GOD" license plate), there's:

    • History of the Nordic Perl Workshop -- Jonas Nielsen
    • New Features in Perl 5.10 -- Renée Bäcker
    • Dynamic Object Reconfiguration -- Peter Scott
    • Adding Transactions to DBM::Deep -- Rob Kinyon
    • Parsing with Parse::Eyapp -- Casiano Rodriguez Leon
    • can() You Do It? -- brian d foy
    • and other stuff

    YAPC::Asia 2007 registration is closing soon

    Journal written by miyagawa (1653) and posted by davorg on 2007.03.12 3:59   Printer-friendly
    The number of remaining seats available for YAPC::Asia 2007 Tokyo is less than 20, and we're going to close the registration on March 15th (Japanese standard time). If you haven't, go hurry register the conference!

    News: Frank Dillon to Present at Mad Mongers

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.10 19:25   Printer-friendly
    kmccombs writes "Plain Black programmer Frank Dillon will present at the Mad Mongers monthly meeting, on March 14 at 7:00pm CST. This discussion, relevant to all software programmers, will explore methods to use in effective software architecture. Frank will provide tips and principles that help relieve some of the hurdles and headaches common with project development. Effective client communication, facilitated through the use of functional and technical specifications, help to develop a project that meets and exceeds the user's expectations. A seasoned professional, Frank will provide insight into how the user operates, and how that can be used to the software programmer's advantage to achieve a common goal.

    Mad Mongers
    Madison Public Library, Room 202
    March 14, 7:00pm CST"

    I'm at on Monday

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.09 15:35   Printer-friendly
    I'm in Los Angeles this week, so is having a last minute meeting at Ticketmaster at 7 pm on March 12:

    8800 W. Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    I'll give some sort of presentation, probably about Mastering Perl or something related to it, and hang around for drinks and so on afterward. I might even try to make a podcast out of it now that I've figured out how to use the voice memo thing on my iPod.

    YACP::Europe re-scheduled to start a day earlier!

    Journal written by domm (4030) and posted by davorg on 2007.03.08 11:09   Printer-friendly

    The bad news: The Conference has to be rescheduled slightly

    The ESC Congress 2007 is even bigger than we thought. They expect 15.000 cardiologists, plus their spouses! Due to this, there is nearly not a single bed available in Vienna for the night from Friday, 31st August to Saturday, 1st September.

    As we do not want to force you to leave on the last day of the conference, we decided to reschedule YAPC::Europe to Tuesday, 28th to Thursday, 30th August.

    new quick reference for XML::LibXML

    posted by davorg on 2007.03.07 11:31   Printer-friendly
    Andrew Ford writes "As I seem to have been using it so much recently, I have put together a quick reference card for XML::LibXML. It can be found at

    There are a couple of other Perl quick references at"

    News: The Komodo 4.0 Extensibility Challenge

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.06 14:30   Printer-friendly
    brian_d_foy writes "Komodo 4.0 now allows XPI extensions, the same thing that Firefox has. Create something cool for the Komodo 4.0 Extensibility Challenge and you could win some money or prizes. The contest is open until April 1 (no, really), and you can use the 21-day free preview of Komodo to do it.

    ActiveState will go through the entries and put the best on their website to let the community vote on the one they like the best. They'll announce the results at RailsConf 2007 (but that doesn't mean you have to be a Ruby guy to win)."

    News: Google Summer of Code 2007

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.03.06 13:40   Printer-friendly
    brian_d_foy writes "Are you a student who wants to hack Perl over your summer break? Let Google give you a big bag of money to do it by participating in their third Summer of Code! Last year, students got $4,500 for their work. This year that could be you.

    The application period begins on March 14 and ends on March 24. Coding runs from May 28 to August 20.

    For more information, see the Google Summer of Code FAQ."

    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 28 February 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by davorg on 2007.03.05 4:21   Printer-friendly

    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 28 February 2007. Larry, Allison, Patrick, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended. Here are the notes.

    Perl 6 summary, 18-24 Feb, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.03.04 13:01   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    "'Course, if someone goes ahead and adds the Y combinator, one must naturally begin to wonder what the YY combinator would be... :-) "

    -- Larry Wall

    "Obviously it generates a function so anonymous that it can't even refer to itself. I call it the depressed existentialist solipsist operator."

    -- chromatic, in 'Y not'

    Perl 6 Design Meeting Notes for 21 February 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by davorg on 2007.02.27 5:56   Printer-friendly

    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 21 February 2007. Larry, Damian, Allison, Patrick, Jesse, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.

    Perl 6 summary, 11-17 Feb, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by davorg on 2007.02.26 5:49   Printer-friendly

    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    Remember that the European Perl Hackathon will be held next weekend, from 2-4 March, 2007 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Registration is open until Thursday, 1 March. For more information, please look at the hackathon website.

    Perl 6 summary, 4-10 February, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.02.25 9:40   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    "> Errrr ... I'm the one who needs the tutorial, not the one to write it.

    "That makes you a prime person to capture the questions it needs to answer! You can't evade the Responsibility Ponies that easily."

    -- chromatic, responding to James E Keenan in 'What Skills Do We Need to Finish Parrot?'

    Perl 6 summary, 29 Jan - 3 Feb, 2007

    Journal written by kudra (4364) and posted by kudra on 2007.02.25 4:32   Printer-friendly
    This week on the Perl 6 mailing lists

    ": This mornings up date proposed

    "Now the da rn spam fi1ters are my spelling to look like sp*m. Yeah, that's the 4icket... :)"

    -- Larry Wall, in 'Enhancing array indices'

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