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Perl News NOC notice for PAUSE (back up again)
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by MidLifeXis
on Jan 09, 2014 at 08:24

    Since we had a few questions in the CB yesterday along the lines of "Is PAUSE down?", I was hoping to see an update from the larger Perl community as to what is going on. They did not fail.

    It looks like a set of hard drives failed on the system hosting PAUSE. Work is being done to get this back up and running. See also:

    If there are additional workarounds or status notes, please add a comment or /msg me and I will add it to the list.

    Update (2014/01/10 07:00 GMT -0500): Added Pinto workaround link. Status:, still down.

    Update (2014/01/13 07:35 GMT -0500): As of 2014/01/11 11:04 GMT -0500, the machine hosting PAUSE and are is back up and running.


Final Call for Code Submissions - Worldwide Hackathon
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by Tommy
on Jan 04, 2014 at 19:09

    The final call for code submissions has just gone out on the DFW Perl Mongers mailing list. The deadline is Monday night at 9pm CST. See for details.

    If you want to compete but feel like you're late to the game or don't know where to start, fork the reference code on github

    If you want to get on the pre-contest leaderboard (just set up on the website), then please send your performance metrics to dfwpm at internetalis dotnet.

    Special thanks goes out to The Perl Shop for sponsoring the contest!

Perl 5 Optimizing Compiler, Part 11: RPerl v1.0 Beta Released!
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by Will_the_Chill
on Jan 02, 2014 at 05:00
    Howdy Monks,

    After many months of effort, I'm proud to release the beta version of RPerl v1.0, now available for public download at Github:

    As we lead up to full RPerl v1.0 official release, I'll continue posting regular status updates on Facebook:

    I say this is "beta" because it can only compile "Hello, World" so far! But we have working data-types support, and it is relatively easy for me to finish up the rest of the control structures and basic operators to get the full RPerl v1.0 release out soon.

    This is all thanks to y'all!

    ~ Will the Chill, &
Moarkudo is alive!
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by grondilu
on Jan 01, 2014 at 20:47

    This is not an official announcement. You'll probably read something soon from Jonathan Worthington (jnthn), or someone else from the Perl 6 team, but I can already leak that Rakudo on MoarVM is alive!

    ./perl6-m -e 'say "hi";'

    Pretty cool stuff. If you want to try it right away, without waiting for the official release, you can pull the moar-support branch of rakudo, remove any install or nqp directory, configure rakudo with:

    perl --gen-nqp=master --backends=moar --gen-moar=master

    before doing a nice make

    Make sure you have a good amount of memory available (add swap if needed)

Announce your Perl Mongers group
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by davido
on Jan 01, 2014 at 12:10

    It's the first day of 2014, and time to remind everyone about Perl Mongers groups.

    See for a list of groups. And if you know of a group local to you, please follow-up in this thread with the date of their next meeting (if known), and a link to their site. I'll start things off with my shameless plug :) :

    Salt Lake Perl Mongers: Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00pm. We do have a mailing list, and subscription details are on the website.


Pjam - continues integration for PERL, using pinto.
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by melezhik
on Dec 26, 2013 at 04:31

    Pinto is an application for creating and managing a custom CPAN-like repository of Perl modules. Pjam is a tool which enables automatic creation of perl applications distribution archives from source code using pinto. Pjam enables continues integration in PERL. Right now pjam fits only Module:Build based projects ( Build.PL should be provided ) kept under subversion SCM, but I may change this if interest will be shown.

    Pjam can be used in two ways - as command line utility and via web api to take some actions remotely.

    Checkout for detailed info. monthly meeting on Google Hangouts (tonight: 18:00 GMT -0600)
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by MidLifeXis
on Dec 19, 2013 at 13:20

    Brew City Mongers monthly meeting will feature a discussion by Rob Hoelz titled "Perl Power Tools". A Google Hangout has been configured to allow for virtual participation.

    The presentation starts 18:30ish with a PerlJam session (a short, possibly beginning Perl topic yet TBD).

    This is the first time (a fairly new PM group) is providing a Google Hangout for the meeting, so be gentle :-).


Perl's 26th Birthday
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by tangent
on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:39
    An article by chromatic about Perl's birthday was posted on Hacker News. I went over with a slight sense of dread but instead found that the vast majority of comments were really positive, even a few saying that they had come back to Perl! See for yourself. Oh, and Happy Birthday Perl!
Dallas/Ft Worth (And Now New York/Atlanta/Philadelphia/Chicago/Sydney/Turkey) Perl Mongers Worldwide Hackathon Invitational
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by Tommy
on Dec 17, 2013 at 20:43

    Update -- Now participating also: New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Sydney Australia, Turkey, and other parts of the the EU

    You could call it the's "Winter of Code". You could call it a contest. You could call it fun. You could call it Perl...

    ...And you'd be right. (so far joined by -- all groups invited) is holding in a competition that runs from now until January 8th when the code of each competitor will be pitted against the others in a live Google hangout world-wide Perl Mongers meeting.

    The aim of the competition is to "deduplicate" 100 gigabytes of random file data, using Perl, as fast as possible. If your code can do it the fastest, without killing the contest server, you win. The winner gets to choose the topic of the next hackathon competition (and/or host it), and gets the recognition of having won a world-wide competition in Perl.

    The competition is open to all, provided a few criteria are met which establish legitimacy of participation. YOU'RE INVITED!

    Full details can be read on the website.

    The contest is discussed on The mailing list

    The hackathon was organized by Tommy Butler and John Fields of Dallas, TX, and is being hosted by the Dallas Makerspace.

    Our resources are finite, so we may have to stop accepting entries if server load gets too high. Get your notice of intention to participate to the mailing list asap.

(OT) Text editors popularity among programmers
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by Sivaextralarge
on Dec 13, 2013 at 03:30
    You are kindly invited to take participation in the questionnaire on „Text editors popularity among programmers". Tha data gathered will be used for a scientific research.

    The stats for the results will be published on all portals where the questionnaire was done.

    URL to form at Google Docs

    Thank you!

    1. For how long have you worked as a programmer?
    2. Any particular programming languages you mostly use?
    3. For what purposes?
    4. Which text editors do you use?
    5. What defined your choice?
    6. Which text editors you might have been using before?
    7. Do you follow the other text editors updates?
    8. Which text editors you DID NOT like? Why?
    9. What functions might some text editors be missing in your opinion?
A comparison of Perl vs. JavaScript -- a reference table.
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by taint
on Dec 05, 2013 at 14:07
    Greetings, Monks.

    As I toyed with the notion of creating a JavaScript to Perl converter; I stumbled across a table. While seasoned veterans of both languages may not have a need for it. I thought it still might be a nice reference, for quick-n-easy comparison of both languages. To others needing this sort of information.

    You can find it here: Equivalents in JavaScript and Perl

    Best wishes.


    EDIT: corrected typo to the external link -- thanks zentara. :)
    #!/usr/bin/perl -Tw
    use Perl::Always or die;
    my $perl_version = (5.12.5);
    print $perl_version;
Perl Advent Calendar 2013
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by marto
on Dec 04, 2013 at 05:32
Perl 5 Optimizing Compiler, Part 10: Kickstarter & Performance Benchmarks
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by Will_the_Chill
on Nov 26, 2013 at 19:41
Happy 52, merlyn!
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by shmem
on Nov 22, 2013 at 17:30

    Dear Youngster,

    this year my wishing-wells come from irish lore:

    May the Good Saints* protect you,
    And bless you today.
    And may troubles ignore you,
    Each step of the way.

    May your life be a constant source of joy for you.

    cheers and all the best
    from a old fart

    *) which are, of course, the Perl Saints

    perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'
HOWTO: Building Perl Module DBD::Sybase 1.15 for ActiveState Perl (Windows 32bit) 5.16.3 using the MinGW compiler
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by jfroebe
on Nov 22, 2013 at 11:25
    Unfortunately because SAP Sybase's OpenClient is proprietary, it can't be included in the ActiveState Perl PPM repositories. I've built the latest DBD::Sybase (1.15) for Activestate Perl 5.16.2 (Win32) for everyone. Get it here.

    Jason L. Froebe

    Blog, Tech Blog

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