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DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop -- April 20th, 2013
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by derby
on Jan 23, 2013 at 20:36

    DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop -

    The second (woot!) DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop (DCBPW) will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the University of Baltimore's Thumel Business Center

    In addition to a track of speakers discussing innovative, exciting, and fun real world usage of Perl, we will also have a day-long track devoted to Perl instruction, targeting both people who need to update their skills or who have never tried Perl before.

    The DCBPW team is currently actively seeking talks as well as corporate sponsors for the event. We will be working on a rolling talk acceptance policy, and the number of speaking slots is limited, so we encourage early talk submissions.

    Registration is $25 prior to March 1st, and $50 afterwards. Free admission is available for students and the currently unemployed.

    More information is available at

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by Boldra
on Jan 04, 2013 at 10:00

    According to Foo Magazine's Renee Bäcker (reneeb) a new PM group is meeting for the first time in Karlsruhe next week (south western Germany).

    Meeting time is January 09 20:00 Brauhaus "Kühler Krug"

    A cookbook will be on the table.

    And if you don't speak German, you'll at least have me to talk to :)

    - Boldra
The Perl 6 Coding Contest 2012
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by moritz
on Dec 22, 2012 at 12:54

    Carl Mäsak has announced his Perl 6 Coding Contest 2012, with five small-ish challenges to be solved in Perl 6 until 2013-01-18.

    I have participated in 2010 and helped organize it in 2011. This year I'm participating again. In fact I have already solved one or two of the tasks. And it's been quite fun.

    So if you want to try your hand at some interesting but small tasks, sign up now and fire up your Perl 6 compiler of choice!

Happy birthday Perl!
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by wazoox
on Dec 18, 2012 at 08:54
    Our favorite language turns 25 today. Happy Perl Birthday!
Dallas/Ft Worth, TX Perl Mongers Reboot Today 12/12/12
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by Tommy
on Dec 12, 2012 at 00:11

    After a long period of inactivity, is getting new life. There has always be a lot of interest, just not a lot of time to go around in terms of running the group and organizing events. In years past it played a big part in the early years of my Perl adventures; it's where I met brian d foy, Patrick Michaud, Nick Perez, Matt Musgrove, and several other monks.

    Tonight at 7 PM we are meeting at the Dallas Makerspace building at:
    2995 Ladybird Lane, Dallas, TX

    Come one, come all! We will be presenting our new agenda, calendar, curriculum, collaborative projects, and more. It's gonna be one big ball of Perl, dipped in awesomeness, and wrapped in bacon...

    $ perl -MMIME::Base64 -e 'print decode_base64 "YWNlQHRvbW15YnV0bGVyLm1lCg=="'
Perl Advent Calendars 2012
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by moritz
on Dec 01, 2012 at 07:43
scraping javascript pages
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by zentara
on Nov 26, 2012 at 07:42
London Perl Workshop 2012 (24th Nov)
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by castaway
on Nov 22, 2012 at 04:48
    Hi folks,
    LPW 2012 is soon upon us, in fact it's this very weekend, Saturday 24th. I'm looking for comments on why folks are (or indeed are not) attending:
    Thanks! announces Sereal
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by demerphq
on Nov 13, 2012 at 05:52
perl 5.16.2 is now available
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by Tanktalus
on Nov 02, 2012 at 15:46

    I don't know about you, but after the, um, delay between 5.8 and 5.10, I'm excited about new releases :-)

    Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint, trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehe +ad to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself, he whistled an air and, as is always done on suh occasions, asked it the ritual question of how much is two plus two. The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up, current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall, transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored o +n, as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe t +o solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration, valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN! -- Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine We are happy to announce Perl 5.16.2, the third stable release of Perl 5.16. You will soon be able to download Perl 5.16.2 from your favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:
    SHA1 digests for this release are: 674380237fa5a44447c6531e15bd3590d987e4b4 perl-5.16.2.tar.bz2 9e20e38e3460ebbac895341fd70a02189d03a490 perl-5.16.2.tar.gz You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" locate +d in the "pod" directory inside the release and on the web. Perl 5.16.2 represents approximately 2 months of development since Per +l 5.16.1 and contains approximately 740 lines of changes across 20 files from 9 authors. Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community of users and developers. The following people are known to have contributed the improvements that became Perl 5.16.2: Andy Dougherty, Craig A. Berry, Darin McBride, Dominic Hargreaves, Kar +en Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Peter Martini, Ricardo Signes, Tony Cook. The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically generated from version control history. In particular, it does not include the names of the (very much appreciated) contributors who reported issues to the Perl bug tracker. We expect to release Perl 5.17.6 on November 11, 2012. The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 5.18.0, should appear in May 2013.

    Update: 5.16.2 delta pod

Map of CPAN - The Movie
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by grantm
on Oct 22, 2012 at 02:40
Commonwealth Bank replaces Perl 4 with Perl 6
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Oct 05, 2012 at 18:26

    In breaking financial news:

    The bank launched PERLS VI as a replacement for the $1.46 billion Perls IV

    It seems the CBA have invented yet another backronym for Perl: "Perpetual Exchangeable Resaleable Listed Securities".

DBD::Firebird v 1.11 released to CPAN
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by mapopa
on Sep 26, 2012 at 05:27

    On the behalf of the developers and contributors team, I'm pleased to announce that DBD::Firebird v1.11 , a DBI driver for the Firebird RDBMS server is released.

    This release brings many changes.and bugfixes .

    * Test::Exception is required 
    * On freebsd Threaded perl is required you have to re-install perl from ports and you have to select the config option that says 'build a perl with threads'
    * Test database to use UTF8 charset and enable UTF8 for the connection
    * Fix CHAR lenght when using multi-byte character set Fixes Github Issue #32 (RT#76506)
    * additional debug when finishing already finished statement
    * avoid double destroying of statement in auto-commit mode with DDL Fixes Github Issue #30 (RT#72946)

    The development is on GitHub at: And the mailing list is here

    Thank you,

Now 10,000 CPAN authors :)
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by LanX
on Sep 09, 2012 at 16:35
    The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) currently has 112,261 Perl modules in 25,644 distributions, written by 10,000 authors, mirrored on 274 servers.

    The archive has been online since October 1995 and is constantly growing.

    Cheers Rolf

Perl Gtk3 Tutorial
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by kevinp
on Aug 31, 2012 at 06:32

    I am working on a Gtk3 Perl tutorial and would appreciate some feedback and comments on the code examples. This is an amateur effort largely designed to teach me Gtk3/Perl, if it is helpful to others thats a bonus.

    Anyone willing to give some constructive feedback will find the first few chapters at


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