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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!
Update -- Now participating also: Atlanta and Philadelphia
You could call it the DFW.pm'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. DFW.pm (so far joined by NY.pm -- 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 dfw.pm.org website.
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?
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.
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.