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jj (2990)

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Software development manager for OpusVL [], member of Birmingham Perl Mongers [] and maintainer of [].

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Thursday February 08, 2007
05:08 AM

Perl beer

For our social meeting last night, we visited a different pub.

And coincidentally they sold Perl beer!

Which was not bad at all ;-)

Sunday November 05, 2006
08:04 AM

YAPC::Europe review in Linux User magazine

Issue 67 (November 2006, out now) of UK magazine Linux User and Developer is featuring a 4-page review of the YAPC::Europe 2006 conference - "Code, Curry, and Community".

There's plenty of photos as well, including Larry Wall, Brian McCauley (nobull), Simon Cozens, Jonathan Stowe (gellyfish), Steve Pitchford (lilstevey), Karen & Marty Pauley, and many others at the Conference Dinner - so if you attended, you may well see yourself in the magazine!



Monday September 04, 2006
04:54 AM

YAPC::Europe photos

All my photos are on-line now at

Many thanks to everyone who attended!


Thursday August 31, 2006
05:58 AM

YAPC::Europe photos


If you're at YAPC::Europe this year you'll have probably noticed me taking lots of photos...

I've started to put them on-line now at



Wednesday August 31, 2005
03:21 AM

YAPC::Europe day 0 photos

YAPC::Europe 2005 day 0 photos on-line at

JJ ::

Tuesday July 12, 2005
06:15 PM

Update to Perldoc search

I've made a change to the search engine on

If you enter a Perl function, manpage, or core module name intp the search box the site will now bypass the results list and go directly to the relevant page, a much quicker form of direct navigation than using the menus.

As an example, a search for pod will initially bring up the perlpod manpage with a link to access the full list of results.

JJ ::

Sunday April 17, 2005
02:50 PM

Search engine on

I've added a search engine to Rather than being a full text search, the algorithm is optimised for looking up module names, functions, and FAQs (as an example, try a search for 'regex' or 'open').

The code is still under development, so any feedback on instances where it did not find the page you were searching for would be very helpful.


JJ ::

Wednesday March 02, 2005
05:09 PM

Update to

Following user feedback I've made a few updates to the documentation site, the main changes are:
  • Improved interlinking of 'perl' manpage (thanks Aristotle [1])
  • Updated syntax highlighting rules to create links for Perl function names and core modules
  • Moved 'perlop' page to new top-level section 'Operators' (thanks Bart [2])
  • Moved 'perlrun' page to 'Overview' section
  • Moved 'perltodo' page to 'History/Changes' section
  • Fixed numerous broken links in functions pages (thanks Aristotle [1])
  • Added some missing functions ('getpwnam' etc)

Please post any bug reports / comments here or email



Tuesday January 18, 2005
03:10 PM

[ANN] Update to


I've just released an update to, which improves the look of the HTML pages, including syntax highlighting of all Perl code examples.

A complete archive of the site can be downloaded for off-line use at (~14M file). If you've not seen before, it contains the complete Perl 5.8.6 documentation set in both HTML and PDF formats. Please read the project page at for a full list of features.

Please send any comments or bug reports to