It is going to be a one day workshop with either one or two rooms. We are going to have talks, and we plan to have a job fair during the day. We'll also allocate time for BOFs and project showcases and we would be glad to receive ideas for other things to do.
The conference is managed using Act, the tool used by the YAPCs and the various Perl Workshops throughout Europe and the US. On the web site it is already possible to register for the site, and to pay for attending the conference (Registration for the site is free and it is not a commitment in itself, so even if you still need company approval you can already do that.)
Josh McAdams created a wiki for the Windy City Hackathon, going on Dec 14-16 in downtown Chicago. Meet other Perlers in an informal, work-on-anything-you-like atmosphere. Get help working on someone else's project, get other people to help with your project, or just hang out.
If you want hostel accomodations, don't wait until the last minute. Ensure your spot by paying $115 for Thursday night through Sunday morning (a much better deal than even a single night in a downtown hotel) through The Perl Review or arranging alternate payment methods with me.
The week before the hackathon Stonehenge is offering open-enrollment Perl classes at the same location. These are the full Stonehenge courses in a compressed-time format that we offer to the public only a couple times a year:
We can also take purchase orders and alternate payment methods for any of there. We can also offer team discounts for people from the same group paying at the same time. Write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the classes.
I've released Carp::Source. It exports a function, source_cluck(), that does pretty much the same as Carp's cluck()except it also displays the source code context of all call frames, with threelines before and after each call being shown, and the call being highlighted. Enjoy.
It is with great pleasure that The Perl Foundation and Mozilla Foundation announce a major new Perl 6 Development Grant. The recipient of the grant is Patrick Michaud, the Perl 6 compiler pumpking and lead programmer of a Perl 6 implementation based on Parrot and on his own work on the Perl 6 compiler and grammar. The grant will provide Patrick with four months of support for this work beginning November 1, 2007. Patrick will receive US$15,000 over this time, with $10,000 of the funding coming from Mozilla Foundation and $5,000 from The Perl Foundation.The goals for this development grant are:
In order to ensure the proper management and progress for this grant TPF asked Jesse Vincent to be the Grant Manager. Jesse has graciously accepted this volunteer position. Jesse is a noted Perl community member and he has worked as the Perl 6 project manager for the past several years. Additionally, he (through his company, Best Practical Solutions) has supported the Perl 6 effort through a series of microgrants.
Patrick Michaud and The Perl Foundation will provide grant progress updates and summaries at http://news.perlfoundation.org.
The San Diego Perl Mongers group will be having their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00pm on Monday, November 12, 2007. Not so regular, however, is what we'll be doing. We have a presentation this month! David Moore will be joining us to talk about the different Perl/C interfaces, SWIG and XS. It should be interesting, so come on out and join us.
We'll be meeting at in Qualcomm's building Q auditorium.
6455 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Google Map (This is not quite right. The building is on the west side of Pacific Center Blvd. It's the building with the colorful roof.)
After re-implementing this by hand about a dozen times now, I've created a package to deal with it in a single method call. Win32::WebBrowser exports a single method, open_browser(), that pops open the default browser in a detached process and points it at a URL.
Who knows, maybe it'll make the Strawberry Perl dist...
We've just released Test::Harness 3.00. It's a complete rewrite of Test::Harness with a more modular architecture that should make it easier to write custom testing tools.
I recently had a few spare tuits and ran out of books to read, so the Moose object system popped to the top of my stack.
Like many new and cool projects, features are accellerating away from documentation, and often what a new starter wants is a low-down, which isn't there (yet). Catalyst and DBIx::Class were each like this at one point in time.
To help myself and others I have created a PDF Moose Quick-Ref Card with most of the functions and syntactic sugar consructs of the system.
Thanks go to folks in the
#moose IRC channel, and the Programming With Moose WikiBook written by EvanCarroll. The ref card will work best if you can print it 2-up on one A4 sheet, cut that in half, then laminate the two A5 parts back-to-back.
Comments and suggestions for the ref-card will be gratefully received
ack, my replacement for grep for 95% of the times programmers use grep, just got released to CPAN with version 1.70.
At long last, you can now get contextual lines before and after matched lines, just like GNU grep's -A, -B and -C options. You can also match on a specific line number or range of line numbers with the new --line option. For example, if you want to see the first line of every Perl file in a tree, you'd just do ack --line=1 --perl. Thanks very much to Torsten Biix for putting both these features together for me.
Finally, Elliot Shank pointed out that one of my favorite features, the -1 option, was never documented. Now it is. The -1 option says "stop after the first match of any type." If you find yourself acking for lines, or searching for a specific file with ack -g and then having to Ctrl-C to stop the search process, just add a -1 and Ctrl-C no longer.
ack is available in the ack distribution on CPAN, or by installing the module App::Ack from the CPAN shell. You can also download the single-file version direct from Subversion and drop it right into your ~/bin directory.
After successfully mapping 54 addresses from September up to mid-October, I sent out the six-month request to all outstanding addresses used so far this year. After only a short time I'd already received several emails from testers updating their details for me, mapping a further 14 addresses. It is notable that several new and current testers are now putting their names, or a least some form of reference in their addresses, that makes it very easy for my scripts to reference them, so thanks very much for that.
tarhas the annoying habit of generating extra files to represent Mac specific attributes. That's particularly annoying for CPAN authors because they tend to break your test suite and you can't easily see them without unpacking the archive on a non-Mac system. Grrr.
It used to be possible to disable this behaviour by setting the env var
COPY_EXTENDED_ATTRIBUTES_DISABLE to some true value - but this seems
to have stopped working in Leopard. As a result I've just released
a broken version of
Captcha::reCAPTCHA. Double Grrr.
strings /usr/bin/tar fails to reveal anything promising,
/usr/bin/gnutar is just a hard link to
/usr/bin/tar and I can't get the MacPorts
gnutar to build so for now
I've restored a copy of Tiger's
tar from a backup and dumped it in
~/bin (which I have
on my path). Phew.
Watch out Mac-based module authors - it's hard to detect that you have a broken archive without testing it on a non-Mac machine.