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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.
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.