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Please try to avoid duplicating news; but pointers (with summaries) to important stories on other sites are acceptable here.
Another interesting navel-gazing (from the community perspective) bit of data built on a thousand respondents to a survey. I will assume that citing and referencing are sort of built in once you get to the page, so won't waste the bytes here.
Those of you who stayed to the end of last year's London Perl Workshop may remember Davorg's lightning talk, available at YouTube. I had written 20 pages of documentation for Martin Berends to deliver as a workshop. Dave & I agreed that this would be an appropriate subject to expand and publish. It's over 3 times the length of the handout we gave to people at the LPW and, Dave says, over twice the length of his Perl Taster. I'm also entertaining fantasies of it leading a few people to PerlMonks.
Hi all, the latest version (0.30) of Crypt::OpenSSL::RSA was released this week. Notable among other improvements is the addition of support for OpenSSL 1.1.0.
This is great news because many platforms are installing OpenSSL v1.1.0 by default (e.g. the aptitude package manager I use on Ubuntu), which leads to the familiar XS header file incompatibilities that prevent XS-based modules from installing. These include Crypt::OpenSSL::RSA, which is required by Crypt::LE, the wrapper around the free certificate issuer Let's Encrypt's API, which was what I was trying to set up. Since LE certificates expire in 90 days, automatic renewal is important, and I was really wanting to manage that with Perl. Thanks to Todd Rinaldo that's possible again.
The way forward always starts with a minimal test.
"But what about Perl? Till 2005 it was the most dominating scripting language in the world. In 2008 we said in an interview with Dr. Dobb's Journal that Perl would go extinct based on the trend we saw in the TIOBE index at that time. After this a religious war started with Perl diehards who claimed that this won't happen and that the TIOBE index was being gamed. Stevan Little gave a ground-breaking talk in 2013 called "Perl is not dead, it is a dead end" indicating that once software engineers leave the Perl language they will never come back. Personally I think that the fork of Perl 6 (and its delays for decades) together with the unclear future of what was going to happen to the language was the main reason for engineers to look for alternatives such as Python and Ruby. And still today the Perl community hasn't defined a clear future, and as a consequence, it is slowly fading away."
-- TIOBE Index for April 2018 (retrieved on 2018-05-01)
There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. -- Morpheus
Up to 2016, this event was known as Perl QA Hackathon - PQAH.
The PTS is a free of charge coding workshop for people involved in Quality Assurance, testing, packaging, CPAN, and other projects related to quality assurance. The workshop is not necessarily exclusive to Perl projects, however, many of the attendees will be planning to work on projects that have a direct benefit to the Perl language.
This was the 11th event that focuses solely on the QA of perl testing and the toolchain (Configure, CPANTESTERS, Build systems, MetaCPAN, PAUSE, authorizations, modules, dependencies etc etc)
It started in Oslo back in 2008, when we needed to define things like parallel testing and focus slowly shifted since then towards the complete CPAN ecosystem, form starting a module to describing the requirements for authors maintaining modules "up-river". It was very productive again and I want to specifically thank all the sponsors for enabling this event (and op cause Salve, Philippe, Neil, Laurent, and Stig for organizing it)!
To be honest I don't really know (yet) what the new ngnix unit web and application-server https://unit.nginx.org/ is really all about, but isn't it nice that it also supports Perl (apart from Python, PHP, Go etc)?
For those always looking for answers to, "What's written in Perl these days?", another candidate has been released. Tau Station has just entered open alpha. This is one of Ovid's projects, so you know it will be good. Play the game at https://taustation.space/.
Amsterdam.pm is pleased invite you to the 14th Dutch Perl Workshop!
Our workshops are yearly meetings of experienced and beginning Perl
lovers. One whole day of long and short lectures for everyone.
Saturday July 7 in the StayOkay in Arnhem
(just an hour drive from Amsterdam center, Schiphol, Düsseldorf)
Last year, the European Perl Conference took place in Amsterdam, so we
skipped a year for the Workshop. After a few events in Utrecht, we are
back to our original location at the StayOkay: a friendly and affordable
With still three months to go, we do not have all the details yet. The
current plan is:
Early arrivals welcome on Friday at hackerspace Hack42
Saturday from 9:30 to 18:00, various presentations in two tracks:
one track of talks in English
one track of talks in Dutch, maybe some in English
Followed by the Social Event: BBQ and aftermath
Sunday has various offerings
extended tutorials on Perl 6, by Andrew Shitov
hands-on "Perl on embedded devices", by Jens Rehsack
group trips to nearby Burgers' Zoo or Openairmuseum
We will detail these later, probably add a few. These additions
will only happen when enough people pre-register. Watch your mail
closely for announcements.
We would like everyone to contribute a talk. There are 5, 10, 20, and
40 minutes slots. Of course, it is not required to contribute this way,
but we really like to hear your experiences with Perl.
A large number of participants arrive the evening before the Workshop,
and often also stay the following night. Beds are available from 35€
per night: the later you book, the more expensive they get. Book now!
Book your bed yourself at: StayOK.
There are also hotels and AirBNBs nearby. Please list in the wiki where
A few weeks back, choroba pointed out to me that Timm Murray was proposing to write an eBook for using Perl on the Raspberry Pi. Due to my extensive work on that platform over the last two-plus years, I had keen interest in the project.
Timm will be writing the bulk of the content using various distributions including my RPi::WiringPi along with all its related distributions, and I will be adding at least one chapter to cover my indoor grow room single-webpage environment controller, as well as performing editing duties and testing of the code.
Whether you're interested in working on the Raspberry Pi, or just want to donate to a good cause for other Perl hackers, please have a look.
Disclaimer: I feel kind of awkward posting a campaign for funding (it's my first time ever). I did discuss this post prior to posting it with the gods however, and they felt it was appropriate.
Update: If you click this link, it'll pre-load a super-search for all of my root-level posts related to my work on the Pi here at Perlmonks. I am uncertain of how to make it direct you to the list specifically, so you just have to click the "Search" button on the resulting page.
There was a meetup this evening of the Minnesota Perl User Group. I am posting this in case there are folks in the Minneapolis area who are interested but are not connected to Meetup in the hope that those folks might pick up on it here.
Here is a link to the MNPUG should you be interested. I am encouraged with this opportunity to re-establish the local Perl community.
...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...
A solution is nothing more than a clearly stated problem...