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Take the 2015 CPAN Pull Request Challenge
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by marto
on Jan 02, 2015 at 07:11

    The text below is taken from the post Take the 2015 CPAN Pull Request Challenge. Seems like a nice way to encourage involvement:

    "If you join the CPAN pull request challenge, then at the start of each month in 2015 you'll be emailed a (somewhat) randomly selected CPAN distribution. You'll have one month to submit at least one pull request. You don't have to be an experienced Perl programmer, CPAN author, or githubber. The goal is to help others, possibly learn something, and hopefully have a bit of fun."

Stop Using Perl
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by shmem
on Dec 30, 2014 at 13:46

    Sad news from Germany.

    At the 31st Chaos Computer Club Congress, Netanel Rubin (a researcher within Checkpoint) gave a talk about Perl which boils down to misconceptions about lists in perl, which ends with this

    • Lists are hazardous, bizarre expressions
    • Perl is a hazardous, bizarre language
    • Now's the time to stop using Perl!
      • Stop the write-only code
      • Stop the miss-functional OOP
      • Stop the security breaches all over the place
    • At least know your language "features"

    I am absolutely disappointed of the CCC for allowing such a shallow talk which culminates in bashing a language (perl in this case) for documented and expected behaviour of its syntax. The bugs encountered may be spectacular and lurking there for years, but they can easily be fixed from within, without altering the language in any way. How about ditching C and claiming "C programming is harmful" for the existence of the very common pitfall of something called "buffer overflow"?

    And, more sadness, Fefe called it brilliant. A strong response from the perl community is due IMHO.

    update: the "security breaches all over the place" are located in the small, but important, corner of web applications and the interaction between CGI and DBI. This is in no manner "all over the place". The author did in no way address "miss-functional OOP" nor "write-only code".

    And of course you need to know the features of a language you use.

    perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'
Perl 5 Optimizing Compiler, Part 12: Merry Christmas! RPerl v1.0 Beta 2 On CPAN
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by Will_the_Chill
on Dec 25, 2014 at 21:21
    Howdy Monks,

    After another year of work, I've had to abandon PPI and created a whole new RPerl grammar from scratch:

    Installation should now be as simple as:

    $ cpanm WBRASWELL/RPerl-1.000_002.tar.gz

    For more information about install options, please see:

    We're up to the point of generating an RPerl abstract syntax tree (AST) from valid RPerl input source code, next there are a few more grammar tests to implement, and then the AST-to-C++ code generator, then that's it!

    Sorry it's taken so long, but as usual this software development project turned out to be much more complex than originally anticipated. :-)

    ~ Will the Chill, &
Happy Birthday Perl Monks! (15 today)
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Dec 22, 2014 at 21:35

    As indicated by vroom, Perl Monks turns fifteen today!

    Congratulations vroom for creating this fantastic site in the first place, and to the many thousands of Perl Monks who have contributed useful, interesting, and sometimes quirky, content over the past fifteen years, making this site not only a great technical resource for Perl, but also a fun place to hang out.

perl-5.20.1 depots for HP-UX finally available
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by Tux
on Dec 14, 2014 at 03:46
Programming puzzles using PERL
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by saurabh2k26
on Dec 01, 2014 at 11:06

    I participate in lot on online programming quiz like codeforces, codechef, hackerrank etc. I had observed that very few people code using PERL. It is sometimes as low as 1 in 4000 participants. I have started a blog to encourage people code more in PERL

    You can find some interesting problems with solution in PERL at

Perl advent calendar 2014
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by marto
on Dec 01, 2014 at 04:25
YAPC::NA::2015 - Salt Lake City Website and Blog are Live
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by davido
on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:06

    The YAPC::NA::2015 - Salt Lake City website and blog are live. Registration is open. Rooms are available.

    Early-bird room rates are available for reservations made before March 1st, 2015:

    On the main site there is also a wiki that we will be using for general information such as ground transportation, local restaurants/pubs/businesses, things to do, etc. The wiki is still a work in progress.

    If there are any questions, feel free to drop by #yapc or #yapcadmins at

    YAPC::NA::2015 - Salt Lake City: Perl Elevated


2014 London Perl Workshop videos
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by Loops
on Nov 19, 2014 at 03:57
Perl Updated to 5.20.1 in OpenBSD
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by Tux
on Nov 19, 2014 at 02:41

    As presented here.

    I like the last paragraph best:

    While there is a rumor, possibly started by netcraft, that perl is dying, this is definitely not the case, although perl programmers are often busy getting stuff done and not doing advocacy. For those who have not used perl in a while, or have only seen perl that was written just to get the job done, there are now many conventions for writing Modern Perl now that lead to readable, maintainable, code while still allowing for the expressivity and power that perl allows.

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
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by Old_Gray_Bear
on Nov 08, 2014 at 10:56
    I read this early this morning. Is it Christmas yet?

    Update: Fixed typoo. I said it was early in the morning....

    I Go Back to Sleep, Now.


In Progress: The Inline grant from TPF
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by davido
on Oct 26, 2014 at 01:23

    ingy++ and I have finished a fun week of hacking on the Inline grant from the Perl Foundation. One of our goals with the project is transparency, and to that end we've established a project website that will be featuring weekly updates on progress.

    Here's the project's home:

    There is also a short mention in

    Join in the fun on #inline at


nine's demonstration of P5/P6 interop; running a Catalyst app written in a mix of P5 and P6
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by raiph
on Oct 24, 2014 at 05:09
BrewCity Mongers Meeting (2014/10/16 18:00-21:00 GMT-0500) - Discover Editors
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by MidLifeXis
on Oct 16, 2014 at 09:00

    The BrewCity Mongers ( is having its monthly meeting tonight from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, Milwaukee time. For more details, and a link to a google broadcast, see the meetup page.


YAPC::Europe 2014 videos on Youtube
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by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 01, 2014 at 03:58

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