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Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good
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by merlyn
on Feb 21, 2013 at 20:26
    Many of you know of my best buddy of three decades, Bill Harp. He's the guy who planned all those wonderful Stonehenge parties, and helped me out with other marketing activities over the years.

    I'm currently starting a 13-day cruise around South America and I got a text from his wife Michelle. I don't have many details, but apparently he suffered a major heart attack yesterday, and lost oxygen for quite a while, went into surgery to insert stents, and is currently in a medically induced coma. They hope to revive him tomorrow, but there's a lot going on.

    Please keep Bill and Michelle in your thoughts. Thank you.

    UPDATE: Bill never recovered. Dead a few hours ago.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

    The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

Story about open source development: “The Human Hacking Field Guide”
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by shlomif
on Feb 19, 2013 at 12:33

    You can find a story (= a novella) I wrote about open-source development (with some focus on Perl) titled The Human Hacking Field Guide. It is somewhat-non-realistic realism fiction, with many jokes sprinkled in. And its text in English, along with its DocBook 5/XML source is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence which gives a lot of permission for a lot of re-use, and was recently placed in a GitHub repository for easy check out, forking, issue reporting, and some pull requests.

    I’d be happy to hear any comments, hear if you enjoyed this story, or if you found some faults - your criticism (I am not a native English speaker). If you liked the story, I would appreciate if you can share it on-line and off-line.

    Here is the summary:

    Jennifer is an honours student in her high school senior year in 2005 near Los Angeles, California. Encouraged by her best friend, Taylor, she decides to try her luck at becoming an enthusiast of open source software development. Taylor puts her under the tutorship of “Erisa”, a more experienced and also female developer of open source software, who is a self-aware punk, who considers the pop culture, that Jennifer is a fan of, detestable. Jennifer remains determined to learn how to develop open source software from Erisa, but with a few surprises along the way.

    Cheers and happy reading.

13 ideas for YAPC::NA 2013 (and other news)
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by raiph
on Feb 15, 2013 at 14:34

    A quick update on our progress:

    • 124 registrants from 10 countries
    • 6 sponsors
    • 27 talks submitted, 3 accepted
    • wiki pages updated in last week
    • 13 ideas (keep 'em coming!)
    • Added History page


    YAPC::NA Team

Can a new name or version number change the way Perl is perceived?
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by Arunbear
on Feb 15, 2013 at 06:26
XKCD references Perl!
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by RyuMaou
on Feb 08, 2013 at 09:31
Ideas Collector for YAPC::NA 2013, June 3-5, Austin, TX
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by raiph
on Feb 07, 2013 at 09:24
    Continuing with the tradition started last year, we’ve set up a site specifically for you to submit and vote on ideas for YAPC::NA 2013.

    Whether it be ideas for speakers you’d like to come see present, or the subject of talks you’d like to see, or maybe a social activity you’d like to participate in, any idea is welcome.

    And then everyone can vote on those ideas so that the most popular ideas will float to the top.

    Quick update on our progress

    We’ve now added pages for Travel, Parking, Lodging, and Sponsorship to the main website and a Things To Do page on the wiki. As of today, Thursday, 78 folk have registered from 9 countries and 35 monger groups and we have five sponsors so far.

    Want to help us? Please email

German Perl Workshop 2013 - Call for participation
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by tinita
on Feb 04, 2013 at 19:23

    From March 13th to 15th the 15th German Perl Workshop will take place at the Betahaus in Berlin.
    The target audience are serious perl programmers/users and those want to become such. The main language will be german but there will be some talks in english also.

    You can find the schedule of talks here:

    The prices:

    Traditionally we organize a dinner for all on one of the evenings, the Social Event. This will take place on Thursday. Unlike most of the times, it won't take place in a restaurant. Wait and see ;-)
    Additionally we organize an optional dinner on wednesday. For details see:

    Also have a look at our wiki:
    For example you can find a list of hotels and see who is coming to the preconference meeting.

    We are looking forward to welcome many interested participants. This is the first time for the workshop to take place in Berlin and we hope that you will enjoy it.

    We want the participants to feel comfortable, so we would like to provide a workshop free from harassment and discrimination. Of course having fun is also an important thing, but in doubt better think twice about making a joke or not. Please talk to us if you have any problem at the workshop.

Fight FUD?
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by Tux
on Jan 31, 2013 at 03:41

    Paul Venezia wrote an article in English, which got translated *very badly* to this article in Dutch.

    It is quite obvious "wrong", though the English article still makes sense - from the author point of view - but the Dutch article misses every single point entirely.

    This sucks badly. Don't know what to do about it.

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Announce: Dutch Perl Workshop 2013
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by Tux
on Jan 29, 2013 at 02:46

    The 9th Dutch Perl Workshop 2013 was announced

    The date is set to Friday, 19th of April 2013.

    The workshop will be held in the Stayokay Hostel in Arnhem, where we will be able to use an excellent meeting room and an organizers' room, all meals are catered for, and it's convenient to stay the night.

    Register your attendance and submit presentations soon!

    It's important for us to know how many attendees we have to plan for and to receive the workshop fee. Registration is now open. The sooner you register as an attendee and possibly submit one or more presentations, the better. If the schedule gets full, earlier registrations get priority!

    We hope it will be a great success

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Fosdem in Brussels - 2&3 Feb 2013 - Emergency call for papers
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by woolfy
on Jan 25, 2013 at 16:12
    Dear Perl Mongers,
    I have to make this short and simple.
    Therefore most of this email is copied from last year's
    Call for Speakers.
    What? Fosdem, Brussels, 2 & 3 february 2013
    Where? Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh:
    Why so late?
    Because our dev-room request was denied at first.
    They gave it to another programming language community.
    Now another community could not fill their dev-room.
    We are Perl, so we jumped in and we asked for this.
    We got it. Now we have to fill it.
    So be quick and send in your presentation proposal.
    Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, email: padre.claudio at
    Wendy van Dijk (email: at
    Thank you. Hope to meet you all in Brussels.
    If you need an URL for twitter and the like:
    Copied and adapted from last year's Call for Speakers:
    Please forward to your Perl contacts.
    Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial European event organized by and for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet (see
    Over the last years the Perl community had an increasing presence at FOSDEM. Over the last two years we managed to have both a booth and a dev-room. We collected an impressive positive return and wish to renew the experience.
    Our dev-room request for this upcoming edition (2013) was at first rejected, in favor of another programming language community. So we would only have a booth. But another open source community could not fill their dev-room and we hastily requested it for the Perl-community. Yesterday we got approval.
    The stand request is approved some time ago. The stand will be open throughout the weekend. The dev-room event will take place Saturday, February 2nd 2013 , between 11:00 and 19:00, in room AW.126. The room itself has 75 seats, WIFI and a VGA projector.
    This environment, being a university classroom with raised seats, lends itself perfectly for talks. This is a wonderful opportunity to present your Perl project ­big and small­ or talk about subjects you care about. We are looking for a variety of subjects on all levels: starter and advanced, generic and specialized, core internals and CPAN. We have 8 hours time, so we have the flexibility of using different time formats: e.g. talks of 20 minutes, more classic talks of 40 minutes or longer (although we learned from experience that longer talks should be split into slices of 20 or 40 minutes).
    Please don't doubt to send a proposal (information about yourself, subject, short description and time needed). If you have several subjects you are enthusiastic to talk about please send alternative proposals. In the case more than one talk is not selected, your proposal will help us when putting the schedule together and even have backup talks in case someone cancels. Also mention your time constraints (if any).
    Please send your talk proposal by e-mail to the address below as soon as you read this. You will receive an answer within 2 days. We will submit a definitive schedule on Sunday 2013-01-27 to the FOSDEM organizers.
    Please forward / distribute this call as wide as possible (certainly to your local mongers).
    Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, email: padre.claudio at
    Wendy van Dijk (email: at
    NB1: This is a community event without sponsoring. We don't have the means to pay for your trip and time. If you want to sponsor part of the event, please feel free to contact us.
    NB2: We'll also appreciate volunteers, booth and dev-room. Please tell us your availabilities so we can also prepare a planning for this.
Official YAPC::NA 2013 Announcement
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by Will_the_Chill
on Jan 25, 2013 at 03:14
    Greetings Monks,

    YAPC::NA 2013 will be held in the "Live Music Capital of the World", Austin, Texas, from June 3rd through June 5th.

    The conference theme is "25 Years of Perl"!

    Come celebrate Perl's silver year with all your favorite members of the Perl community.

    Coming soon: registration and talk submissions!

    ~ Will Braswell, YAPC::NA 2013 Director & Austin.PM President
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!

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