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Swat and Mojolicious
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by melezhik
on Aug 13, 2015 at 10:40

    Hi. I continue to share some swat news. SWAT is automation test framework written in bash/perl and providing a simple DSL to rapidly create smoke tests for web applications.

    Mojolicious is a ... ok ... everybody knows it :) - well known web application framework.

    Recently I found it quite interesting idea of generating swat tests for existed mojo applications using routes introspection.

    So this is how I created Mojolicious::Command::swat

    This is a draft, I have not even uploaded it to CPAN, but if someone interested - may play with it - https://github.com/melezhik/Mojolicious-Command-Swat ...

Love for Perl unites diverse community
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by KurtSchwind
on Aug 12, 2015 at 16:19
Camelcade 0.38 beta released
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by hurricup
on Aug 10, 2015 at 05:46

    New version of the IntelliJ IDEA Perl5 Support plugin has been released:

    • Implemented constants resolution, auto-completion and highlighting
    • Performance improvements: parser, methods resolution, subs and methods autocompletion.
    • Implemented scalar type detection on assignment to sub or method call (sub or method must be annotated to make this work).
    • Implemented C3 mro and fixed bug with DFS.
    • Postfix livetemplates moved to separate group 'Perl5 postfix' to be able to utilize same abbreviations.

ctags now supports Perl 6
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by dmitri
on Aug 06, 2015 at 16:58
    We added support for Perl 6 to ctags. Give it a shot: grab a copy from GitHub.
C::Blocks, a new attempt to do even better at bridging C and Perl easily
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by Your Mother
on Aug 04, 2015 at 14:39

    C::Blocks—embeding a fast C compiler directly into your Perl parser—looks exciting to me. I hope it will be interesting to some of you and since this is a project in its infancy maybe even inspire participation from the C-monk(ey)s here. Google groups notice: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/perl.xs/35CgBxWmqEk; github repo: https://github.com/run4flat/C-Blocks.

    I have no involvement but have had some pain in the past trying to do XS so I welcome anything that makes embedded C, or even just playing with it from Perl, easier.

CPAN Day 2015 - 16th of August
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by marto
on Aug 04, 2015 at 06:25
Camelcade 0.37 beta released
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by hurricup
on Aug 03, 2015 at 07:41

    New version of the IntelliJ IDEA Perl5 Support plugin has been released:

    • Improved simple variable cast parsing.
    • Added $class as implicit pointer to this.
    • Implemented Mojolicious templates parsing.
    • Implemented pretty dumb Mojolicious autocompletion: default helpers and tag helpers.
    • Implemented embedded markers matching.
    • Fixed problem with caret re-setting on hitting enter in here-doc with injection.
    • Fixed bug with integer numbers highlighting.
    • Enabled quote handler template files.
    • Added Darcula color settings (by Sergey Vardanyan).
    • Moved to Java 1.6.
    • Added three new here-doc injection markers:
      • PERL5 - Perl5 itself. Can you deal with this?
      • MOJO - Mojolicious templates
      • EPERL5 - Embedded perl.

Camelcade 0.36 beta released
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by hurricup
on Jul 28, 2015 at 03:12

    New version of the IntelliJ IDEA Perl5 Support plugin has been released:

    • Numerous performance optimizations and bugfixes: lexer, parser, auto-completion and methods resolution.
    • Object methods resolution and auto-completion is here now. Only default perl MRO currently implemented. At the moment works for explicitly typed variables and annotated subs.
    • Typing -> or :: is now opening an auto-completion pop-up.

Releasing Perl::ToPerl6 this weekend to CPAN
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by drforr
on Jul 23, 2015 at 05:50
    The current code is on github under https://github.com/drforr/Perl-Mogrify, but will change names upon release.

    It's a configurable Perl5-Perl6 translator tool based heavily on Perl::Critic. You can use your own .perlmogrifyrc file to configure which translators you want to run, and eventually add and configure your own translators.

    While I won't say that it compiles Perl5 to syntactically correct Perl6 100% of the time, I've tested it on DamianWare(tm), and with minimal intervention (changing package declarations, rewriting local *OUT mostly) 99% of Parse::RecDescent passed its compile-time check.

    While most of the changes it does are trivial, they can be hard to get right. For instance, =~ is now ~~, ~ is now ^?, . is now ~, and -> is now .. Go ahead and figure out the right order to do those changes in vim or emacs, I'll wait for you. :)

    In the meantime, it also changes your for() loops around, tidies map and grep, cleans up your filehandles, and changes your sigils from $x[0] to @x[0] like you've always secretly wanted to do.

    As of release here's what it'll do:

    • Add whitespace where needed - if(1), my($x), for(@z), qw(), qx()
    • Translate non-decimal numbers: 0x12f, 0b1101, 017
    • Properly interpolate numbers: \x{263a}, \N{LATIN LETTER CAPITAL X}
    • Fix rational numbers: 32.
    • Reformat here-docs: <<_EOF_;
    • New Q operators: qw(), qr(), qx()
    • Reformat strings: "\ua $hash{key}1 ${foo}"
    • Print to filehandle: print FOO 43;
    • C-style loops: for($i=0;$i<5;$i++)
    • Perl-style loops: for my $x (@a)
    • First-order expressions: map s/foo/bar/, keys %x
    • Basic operators: !$a, $x . "foo"
    • Package usage: use Foo;
    • Constant declarations: use constant FOO => 1, Readonly my $FOO => 1
    • Basic variables: $x->[3], @{ $x }, $x[2]++
    • Special variables: @+, STDOUT, @ARGV
    • Regular expressions: s/foo/bar/igx
    • Sub prototypes: sub foo($)
swat on CPAN
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by melezhik
on Jul 17, 2015 at 08:21
LinuxVoice Larry Wall interview
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by marto
on Jul 15, 2015 at 06:04
swat - Simple Web Application Test ( Tool )
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by melezhik
on Jul 10, 2015 at 08:36

    As devops I update a dozens of web application weekly, sometimes I just have no time sitting and wait while dev guys or QA team ensure that deploy is fine and nothing breaks on the road. So I need a tool to run smoke tests against web applications. Not tool only, but the way to create such a tests from the scratch in way easy and fast enough. So this how I came up with the idea of swat.

    Keywords - perl, curl, Test::More, TAP, prove, bash
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    https://github.com/melezhik/swat
Perl 5 Optimizing Compiler, Part 13: Happy July 4th! RPerl v1.0 Full Release
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by Will_the_Chill
on Jul 05, 2015 at 00:32
    Howdy Monks,

    After over 2.5 years of work, I'm very proud to (finally) announce the full release of RPerl v1.0 on CPAN!

    Installation should now be as simple as:

    $ cpan RPerl
    OR
    $ cpanm RPerl

    For more information about install options, please see:

    https://github.com/wbraswell/rperl/blob/master/INSTALL

    As outlined in step 3 of the install notes file, we can now automatically compile our test program and see speed improvements of approximately 170x to 350x, depending on your system.

    For detailed usage of the rperl command, please see the POD.

    As usual, the RPerl technical team is in #perl11 on irc.perl.org so don't hesitate to reach out if you need help or have any questions. Let the bug reports begin! :-)

    We've come a long way, and we've got a long way to go yet, this is just barely the beginning!

    Perling,
    ~ Will the Chill, rperl.org & austin.pm
mod_perl now supports Apache 2.4
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by hippo
on Jun 21, 2015 at 13:51

    mod_perl 2.0.9 has just been released. This is the first version of mod_perl to support the 2.4 branch of Apache, which is a major step forward.

Videos from the German Perl Workshop 2015 in Dresden available on Youtube
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by Happy-the-monk
on Jun 02, 2015 at 09:34

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