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    Perl 6 Design Minutes for 11 July 2007

    Journal written by chromatic (983) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.12 14:27   Printer-friendly
    The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 11 July 2007, after two weeks of hiatus due to YAPC::NA and American Independence Day. Damian, Allison, and Jesse attended; Patrick sent in a report beforehand. These are the minutes:

    YAPC::Europe Update

    Journal written by domm (4030) and posted by davorg on 2007.07.12 10:14   Printer-friendly
    As we’ve been a bit lax with sending out updates to you, here’s a quick update on recent happenings regarding YAPC::Europe 2007

    The schedule is still not done (this is *hard* work), but in the meantime you check out this page: In fact, we are busy working on it at this moment and expect the schedule to be ready in a few days maximum.

    Damian Conway in Portugal - Intermediate OO Perl

    Journal written by cog (4665) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.11 16:11   Printer-friendly
    Damian Conway, one of the world's most renowned members of the Perl community (as a programmer, CPAN author, writer and speaker), is coming, once again, to Portugal, this August, 20th and 21st, to lecture his Intermediate Object Oriented Perl course, in an event organized and sponsored by log.

    Apart from being one of the people pointing Perl 6 in the right direction, Damian is the author of the much appraised "Object Oriented Perl" and "Perl Best Practices" books. He is also the creator of some astounding CPAN modules, including Getopt::Euclid, IO::Prompt, Lingua::Romana::Perligata, Parse::RecDescent, Smart::Comments, Switch and Text::Autoformat.

    More information on the event can be attained in log's webpage (in Portuguese) or by contacting eventos at log dot pt directly.

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

    Journal written by cbrandtbuffalo (4462) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.11 13:21   Printer-friendly
    The deadline for submitting your venue bids for this year is approaching. I know there are some folks out there working on bids, so don't count on us going into overtime.

    The due date is August 1.

    You can find more details in this year's call and the previous call.

    July MadMongers: Quick and Dirty Perl

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.10 14:35   Printer-friendly
    kmccombs writes "July's MadMongers meeting features Plain Black developer Doug Bell, who will be presenting Quick and Dirty Perl: What You Can Do With One Line. From data munging, to patch insertion, to application glue, to log parsing, Perl is so powerful that it can do in one line what most languages would have trouble doing in 100 lines.

    Whether you're a Perl novice, a Perl expert, a system administrator or a programmer in another language, this talk will have something for everyone.

    MadMongers is the Madison, WI chapter of Perl Mongers, and encourages anyone interested in Perl to attend.
    Date: Thursday, July 12
    Time: 7:00-9:00pm CDT
    Place: Madison Public Library Room 202"

    Windy City Perl Mongers to visit Lincoln Park Zoo'

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.10 12:35   Printer-friendly
    Lincoln Park Zoo will give a free, docent-guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the camel exhibit exclusively for Perl Mongers on Saturday August 11 at 11:00 am. That's when all the stars align for the docents, animals, and zookeepers.

    If you're interested in coming, please RSVP with me (brian d foy, Children may come, although it will be a grown-up oriented event. Priority for the 20 slots goes to those who donated to the's camel fund. After that we can open it up to spouses and friends. Even if people can't go into the camel enclosure, there's still plenty to do at the zoo during the half hour tour. There is no admission fee to the zoo for anyone.

    If you're not in Chicago, check if your local zoo has a similar program. Most zoos are willing to do this sort of thing for groups that give them a lot of money. :)

    New Chief Perl Monger

    Journal written by davorg (18) and posted by davorg on 2007.07.10 3:16   Printer-friendly

    It's over a year since I mentioned that it was happening, but the Perl Foundation has just announced that I've stepped down as chief Perl Monger and that José Castro (aka cog) has taken over.

    Congratulations and good luck to José. And many thanks to all the people who made my years in the role so enjoyable.

    New PM groups created

    Journal written by cog (4665) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.09 9:48   Printer-friendly
    The following groups have just been created:
    • - leader is Robert Olejnik
    • - leader is Serg Gulko
    • The - leader is Todd Rinaldo
    • - leader is Beth Skwarecki
    • Thames - leader is Rafiq Ismail
    Remember, you can start a group too!

    Perl 5.9.5 release

    posted by rafael on 2007.07.09 1:53   Printer-friendly
    Perl 5.9.5, the latest development release of Perl, has been uploaded to the CPAN. For a list of what's new in this version since the 5.9.4 release, see the perldelta manpage.

    News: POGL and ImageMagick Collaboration

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.07 13:04   Printer-friendly
    grafman writes "Graphcomp, in recent collaboration with the ImageMagick team, has added new APIs to PerlMagick 6.3.5 — providing tight integration between Perl OpenGL (POGL) and IM's image cache. Tech Meeting #6

    Journal written by cog (4665) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.06 0:03   Printer-friendly
    Next Tuesday (July 10th) will be having yet another Tech Meeting, starting at around 21:30.

    The talks:

    • "7 Hábitos de um bom editor" (7 habits of a good editor), by Sebastião Barata
    • "The Mason Framework", by Marco Neves
    • "Adventures in Perl 6", by Nelson Ferraz
    • "Wrap-up e Novidade do... Semestre!" (Wrap-up and the news of... the Semester!), by José Castro

    Attendance is free.

    If you want to join us, see our blog for more information on how to get there.

    A trio of Perl 6 microgrants

    Journal written by jesse (2531) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.05 22:02   Printer-friendly
    I'm pleased to announce three new Perl 6 Microgrants.

    Flavio Glock will receive a travel microgrant to help him attend YAPC::EU and evangelize kp6 and the Perl 6 in Perl 6 effort.

    Steve Pritchard will receive a microgrant to complete the RPM packaging of Parrot and Pugs for Fedora and to submit those packages for inclusion in the official Fedora distribution. Steve will be blogging his progress at

    Juerd Waalboer is the maintainer of, the primary host for Pugs development. Juerd will receive a microgrant to purchase upgraded hardware for feather.

    If you're interested in submitting a Perl 6 microgrant, you can find more information about how to do so at

    Adding tags to CPAN modules via CPAN::Forum

    Journal written by gabor (1626) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.07.04 17:46   Printer-friendly
    I am glad to announce that after another long period of neglecting the forum I had enough tuits to add a tagging system to it. So from now on, registered users of CPAN::Forum can add personal tags to every module (or actually distribution).

    You can see the tags I already added. All three of them.

    Later I add more features (such as seeing the tags of others and seeing them in a cloud) and I'll also provide access to the data so that it can be used to enhance search engines.

    You are most welcome to register on the site and start adding tags to your favorite modules or just complain bitterly about the bugs and missing features on the CPAN::Forum page of CPAN Forum. July Meeting

    Journal written by cgrau (3787) and posted by davorg on 2007.07.04 8:07   Printer-friendly

    Come join the myriad members of the San Diego Perl Mongers as they meet once again to discuss, debate, deconstruct, and sometimes even deviate from all things Perl.

    Monday, 09 July 2007, 19:00 - 21:00
    Panera Bread, Mira Mesa, Calif. (with free wi-fi!)

    We never have an agenda, but we always have a good time.

    Meeting Announcements: meeting 04.07.2007.

    posted by davorg on 2007.07.02 9:57   Printer-friendly
    dami writes " meets next Wednesday, July 4th. 2007.

    19:00 meeting in "La Diligence", 2 rue Pécolat
    19:15 conference on "A game in Perl" by Guillaume Cottenceau, author of Frozen Bubble
    20:00 dinner in "Olympos", 3 rue Chaponnière, offered by the Plat_forms Geneva team

    Please register here"

    Perl 6 and Parrot wikis move to

    posted by davorg on 2007.07.02 9:54   Printer-friendly
    Andy Lester writes "For a year or two now, I've hosted the Perl 6 and Parrot wikis on my home server, on a not-too-fast DSL line, at They've now been moved to the wiki infrastructure at, on a dedicated box. This means much better performance, so if you've tried the wikis before and found them slow, check them out now.

    Perl Music Videos

    Journal written by pudge (1) and posted by pudge on 2007.06.28 23:01   Printer-friendly
    I posted two songs on YouTube: Perl, in a Nutshell and KLB. "Perl, in a Nutshell" is a parody of a Barenaked Ladies song called "Life, in a Nutshell." Not much more needs to be said about that. "KLB" is a song I wrote years ago, with ideas from nocarrier and Schwern and others, about #perl on EFNet.

    Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials in the Perl 6 / parrot repository

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.06.26 14:16   Printer-friendly
    Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials is now open source.

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Allison Randal, Dan Sugalski, and Leo Tötsch wrote Perl 6 Essentials , which later became Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials . The universe has changed quite a bit since then. Despite that, the first chapter is still very interesting because it's a slice of history about what people were thinking and why things happened the way they did.

    News: Announcing The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2007

    posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.06.26 11:58   Printer-friendly
    ehdonhon writes "The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2007 web site is now live. Call for papers is now open. (See the site for the full announce text)

    Major differences from last year's conference include:
    • The workshop is now a two-day event.
    • Special, new course for programmers with little or no Perl experience.
    • Improved scheduling.
    • The web site is now powered by ACT

    The Perl Review, Summer 2007

    Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2007.06.23 2:26   Printer-friendly
    The Summer 2007 issue of The Perl Review is out, and it's a special edition for the YAPC::NA sponsored by LiveText (who are looking for good Perl programmers in the Chicago area). This issue's cover is some of the conference detritus I've collected over the years.

    The Summer 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:

    • Managing Modules Without Going Crazy -- brian d foy
    • Carp & Friends -- Alberto Simões
    • The Perl Debugger -- Richard Foley
    • Tk Mega-widgets -- Charles Colbourn
    • and other stuff

    We're always looking for people with good Perl stories to tell to, and you can submit an article idea.

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