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The first DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop (DCBPW) will be held on
Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Community College of Baltimore
County, Catonsville, Maryland, southwest of Baltimore.
This one-day event will feature two tracks of speakers. In
addition to a track of speakers discussing innovative, exciting,
and fun real world usage of Perl, we will have 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. There will also be a hackathon room available for people
wishing to work on projects in a collaboritive atmosphere with
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 before March 1st; $50 thereafter. Free
admission is available for students and the currently unemployed.
"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
down cheering and applauding.
"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
-- Penelope Lively, /The Voyage of QV66/
We are titillated to announce Perl 5.15.7 the eighth development
release of Perl 5.15.
You will soon be able to download Perl 5.15.7 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:
SHA1 digests for this release are:
You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" located in
the "pod" directory inside the release and on the web.
Perl 5.15.7 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.15.6
and contains approximately 51,000 lines of changes across 480 files from 30
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 5.15.7:
Alberto Simões, Bo Lindbergh, Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A.
Berry, Dave Rolsky, David Mitchell, Eric Brine, Father Chrysostomos, Florian
Ragwitz, H.Merijn Brand, Hojung Youn, James E Keenan, Joel Berger, Joshua ben
Jore, Karl Williamson, Leon Timmermans, Matthew Horsfall, Michael Witten,
Nicholas Clark, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Shlomi Fish, Steffen Müller,
Steffen Schwigon, Todd Rinaldo, Tom Christiansen, Tom Hukins, Tony Cook, Ęvar
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
Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN modules
included in Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN community for
helping Perl to flourish.
For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, please see
the F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.
We expect to release Perl 5.15.8 on 20th February 2012. The next
major stable release of Perl 5, version 5.16.0, should appear in May 2012.
Archebwch a thalwch wrth y cownter, diolch yn fawr,
Chris 'BinGOs' Williams
I know that Ovid has a beginning Perl book coming out soon with Wrox. Now I've just seen that a new Beginning Perl book (written by Brent Michalski and James Payne) is due out in August 2012. It's to be published by John Wiley and Sons (ISBN 1118013840; 696 pages). To confuse matters, Amazon is advertising the Michalski and Payne book with the cover for Ovid's book. Am I missing something?
This is the blurb for the M & P book:
Everything beginners need to start programming with Perl. Perl is the ever-popular, flexible, open source programming language that has been called the programmers' Swiss army knife. This book introduces Perl to both new programmers and experienced ones who are looking to learn a new language. In the tradition of the popular Wrox Beginning guides, it presents the newest features, real-world examples, and everything necessary for a Perl novice to start programming with confidence. Introduces Perl to both new programmers and experienced ones who want to learn a new language. Provides a host of real-world applications for today's environments so readers can get started immediately. Covers the new features of Perl but fully applicable to previous editions. Beginning Perl provides the information and instruction you need to confidently get started with Perl.
In time for christmas (depending on your time zone and definition of christmas) I'd like to draw your attention to the Perl 6 Coding Contest 2011.
5 tasks await for the eager contestant, with varying difficulty. Those who want to explore interesting problems and use or learn Perl 6 are very welcome to try their hands, and have a chance of winning 100€ worth of books from Amazon.
"Forget the Great Wall of China - I can see CPAN from up here and and that thing is huge!"
- Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut
CPAN is big. In fact it's so big you almost need a map. Well I'm happy to announce that now there is one! I present for your entertainment and edification - the Map of CPAN.
The Map of CPAN is really just meant to be a bit of fun. Search sites like
search.cpan.org and the shiny new metacpan.org exist to help you find what you’re looking for. The Map of CPAN allows you to find things you weren’t looking for. Zoom in on things that catch your eye.
Explore patterns. Follow links and dependency chains. Discover stuff. Surprise
yourself. It’s about serendipity!Try it.
Today, during their end of the year event, Booking.com announced their donation of
EUR 100,000 to the Perl5 Maintenance Fund. This is on top of the donation of USD 10,000 that was announced during YAPC::NA 2011. And more than double the USD 50,000 that was donated three years ago.
TPF president Karen Pauley and former perl5 pumpking Jesse Vincent were present to receive the cheque.
This is especially significant because Ubuntu 12.04 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release which will be recommended for servers, and will get 5 years of support till April 2017. By that time Perl 5.14 will be quite old, but those of us in the perl community who are supporting Ubuntu server installations in 5 years time will be thankful that it is not an even older release.
Edit: Just to be clear, I do not speak for Ubuntu, so this is not official, just my observation.
May your next 50 years be at least as pleasant and interesting as the past ones!
You will be wandering through them maybe with less physical strength and vigour, but with more wisdom and insight. May your labouring be as valuable as it has been since, and to the benefit of yourself and all those who cross your ways. And may you remain a highly honored member of the perl community, which you helped building, for the benefit of all of us.