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Hello. I recently had to figure out how to use a C library from Perl (which means using XS, obviously). Since that felt a bit harder than it ought to, I tried to write down what I learned, in the hope that it may help someone else not have to do the exact same mistakes I did. The text is mainly intended to give a basic understanding of how things work, to the point where the ordinary documentation becomes understandable. It also gives recommendations for what docs to read in which order.
If this sounds interesting, you can find the text on my work's blog.
»»» Caution: this post is about the immature Perl 6, not the rock solid Perl 5 «««
A quick summary of recent news on concurrency in Perl 6:
jnthn has recently published a nice set of slides ("Composable Concurrency in Perl 6") that defines terms (especially "asynchrony", "parallelism" and "concurrency") and introduces the current rationale behind the design of Perl 6's concurrency features.
Jeremy Zawodny recently tweeted that "Larry Wall is now Artist in Residence at craiglist, continuing Perl6 work.". Larry noted on #perl6 that "they are intentionally supporting what I am already doing".
In the last few months I've been testing my Perl 5 and Perl 6 skills with the excellent bioinformatics-learning site rosalind.info. I managed to reach a decent level there, but I confess that lately it has become more and more difficult for me to solve problems . Some algorithms are becoming very tough to imagine, and it's not always possible to cheat ;-) So basically I've solved about two thirds of the problems but now I'm lacking motivation and strength to go on.
I recently learnt that a bioinformatics course will begin on coursera. I know coursera a bit, having followed the excellent course about machine learning. I kind of hope this one on bioinformatics will be as good, and will help me to solve more problems on rosalind.
Anyway, I thought I could make some publicity about this course. It will begin on October, 21st. I can't promise it will be fun or interesting and all, but it could.
Bioinformatics is known to be one of the field where Perl is quite popular. So I thought it is worth mentioning and adverting any opportunity for Perl people to learn about it.
You're programming in Perl or you're a Perl teacher, aren't you? You've probably got new ideas, maybe a great project or a thrilling story about the use of Perl? Well, then the German Perl Workshop 2014 is the very place to be!
What we offer to you: the German Perl Workshop is the largest German-language conference on the Perl programming language. It's the right platform for presenting your ideas, your project or your review. In 2014, the German Perl Workshop will be held from 26..28 March 2014 at the "Kulturzentrum FAUST Warenannahme" in Hanover. There were about 130 people at the workshop in 2013.
We want your idea. Your project. Your story. We are looking for sophisticated presentations for our program. That may be lightning talks (5min), short presentations (20 minutes) or long talks (40 min). If you are still looking for a presentation topic, please have a look at the FAQ.
Please submit paper proposals through the website. Deadline for submissions is 22 December 2013. Your abstract should be about 2000 characters long (which fits 30 lines with 72 columns). It should outline the subject, what is special about your approach and why Perl is a language particularly useful in this case. You will receive a notification that your paper has been accepted or not in the time until 10 January 2014.
Who we are: In 2014, the workshop is organized by the Hannover Perl Mongers. The Perl Mongers group is among the most active in Germany and meets every two weeks. There is more info about their regular meetings on Twitter and Hannover.pm.
Our workshop lives and dies with the presentations and the participants. We look forward to meeting you - as a participant and as a speaker.
I haven't seen it announced anywhere, but ActiveState are now providing x86 and x64 MS Windows builds of perl-5.18.1 from this page.
My understanding is that these will have been built using mingw64 ports of the gcc-4.6.3 compiler ... but I didn't go to the trouble of checking.
It'll be interesting to see whether they're well received.