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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
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
    $ cpanm RPerl

    For more information about install options, please see:

    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 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!

    ~ Will the Chill, &
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
YEAH! perl-5.22.0 is now officially available
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by Tux
on Jun 01, 2015 at 16:09

    Perl5 release 22.0 is now available

    “You are the advocate of the dead.” The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one a +nd that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We take ever +ything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on their opinions, whic +h I suppose is all right too. But we ought to remember now and then how much of w +hat we have we got from them. I figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word +in for them.” -- Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch

    We are excited to announce Perl 5.22.0, the first stable release of Perl 5, version 22.

    You will soon be able to download Perl 5.22.0 from your favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

    SHA1 digests for this release are:

    400338c91c56420d98142cbfcb84d418cae2c98c perl-5.22.0.tar.bz2 e4c9e40d18efa7368e77343e0fd3339ca87e34f8 perl-5.22.0.tar.gz f40ad10d0b0e798efafebd9dc5d6509df2af3f1e perl-5.22.0.tar.xz

    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 5.22.0 represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl 5.20.0 and contains approximately 590,000 lines of changes across 2,400 files from 94 authors.

    Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there were approximately 370,000 lines of changes to 1,500 .pm, .t, .c and .h files.

    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 5.22.0:

    Aaron Crane, Abhijit Menon-Sen, Abigail, Alberto Simões, Alex Solovey, Alex Vandiver, Alexandr Ciornii, Alexandre (Midnite) Jousset, Andreas König, Andreas Voegele, Andrew Fresh, Andy Dougherty, Anthony Heading, Aristotle Pagaltzis, brian d foy, Brian Fraser, Chad Granum, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Daniel Dragan, Darin McBride, Dave Rolsky, David Golden, David Mitchell, David Wheeler, Dmitri Tikhonov, Doug Bell, E. Choroba, Ed J, Eric Herman, Father Chrysostomos, George Greer, Glenn D. Golden, Graham Knop, H.Merijn Brand, Herbert Breunung, Hugo van der Sanden, James E Keenan, James McCoy, James Raspass, Jan Dubois, Jarkko Hietaniemi, Jasmine Ngan, Jerry D. Hedden, Jim Cromie, John Goodyear, kafka, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Kent Fredric, kmx, Lajos Veres, Leon Timmermans, Lukas Mai, Mathieu Arnold, Matthew Horsfall, Max Maischein, Michael Bunk, Nicholas Clark, Niels Thykier, Niko Tyni, Norman Koch, Olivier Mengué, Peter John Acklam, Peter Martini, Petr Písař, Philippe Bruhat (BooK), Pierre Bogossian, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Randy Stauner, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Rob Hoelz, Rostislav Skudnov, Sawyer X, Shirakata Kentaro, Shlomi Fish, Sisyphus, Slaven Rezic, Smylers, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Sullivan Beck, syber, Tadeusz Sośnierz, Thomas Sibley, Todd Rinaldo, Tony Cook, Vincent Pit, Vladimir Marek, Yaroslav Kuzmin, Yves Orton, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason.

    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 tracker.

    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 AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

    We expect to release perl v5.22.1 in about a month, give or take. The next major version of Perl 5, version 24.0, should appear in May 2016.

    The first release of Perl 5's sister language, Perl 6, is expected around Christmas 2015.

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn How We Spent Two Days Making Perl Faster
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by marto
on May 23, 2015 at 04:09 have published a new blog entry:

    "A recent hackathon provided us the opportunity to investigate speeding up integer allocation in the Perl interpreter. If successful, this could optimize nearly every program we run. We discovered that a naive implementation could work, but would make the code a lot more difficult to maintain. Our path lead us to attempt to leverage the C preprocessor to improve code clarity while opening doors to real gains in program execution speed."

perl-5.22.0-RC1 is available for testing
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by Tux
on May 20, 2015 at 07:19

    With a lot of exciting fixes and speedups, this is your chance to test your applications and scripts against the next stable release of perl5, our beloved favorite language of choice :)

    There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded b +y its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity. -- Wolfe, Gene. Citadel of the Autarch

    We are happy to announce perl v5.22.0... RC1! This is the first release candidate of Perl 5.22.0.

    You will soon be able to download Perl 5.22.0-RC1 from your favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

    SHA1 digests for this release are:

    1071900bc3256fe4192838bae20d584c5b9c9057 perl-5.22.0-RC1.tar.bz2 84708890539e5f22ddd5225e8832f75dea1904a9 perl-5.22.0-RC1.tar.gz 32e8eee537d23d6f499b4763741a2f3822cdaee7 perl-5.22.0-RC1.tar.xz

    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-5.22.0's official release will occur on or about June 1st, 2015, assuming no critical bugs are found between now and then.

    UPDATE 2015-05-22:

    We are happy to announce perl v5.22.0... RC2! This is the second release candidate of Perl 5.22.0.

    You will soon be able to download Perl 5.22.0-RC2 from your favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

    SHA1 digests for this release are:

    3e29914391b638d827139178c162e9d3b3a4080d perl-5.22.0-RC2.tar.bz2 f899809eb6c18cbe9230b12dc21783356ecbe08d perl-5.22.0-RC2.tar.gz 086515e59b69fc9ed51039497854fa7016bae587 perl-5.22.0-RC2.tar.xz

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Sad News: Brian McCauley (4th Feb 1967 - 8th May 2015)
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by CountZero
on May 10, 2015 at 03:19
    Friar Brian McCauley, Perlmonk and member of, passed away on 8th May 2015. Barbie has written a moving post on his blog. We wish his wife Sam all strength in such difficult times.


    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

    My blog: Imperial Deltronics
Facepwn - Script Kiddies
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by KurtSchwind
on May 05, 2015 at 15:12
London PM Technical Meeting
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by davies
on Apr 22, 2015 at 07:58
QAH Berlin 2015 was a big success
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by Tux
on Apr 22, 2015 at 02:41
BrewCity PM: Fun with RapidApp by VANSTYN
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by MidLifeXis
on Apr 16, 2015 at 08:52
German Perl Workshop in Dresden / May 6th to May 8th 2015
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by Happy-the-monk
on Mar 31, 2015 at 06:49

    This piece of news by Roberto Schäfer just popped up on German language Perl monger mailing lists:

    You programm in Perl or teach the use of Perl? You have new ideas, a great project or a thrilling story to tell about the use of Perl? You want to get to know new ideas and concepts in Perl programming? Then you're right at the German Perl Workshop 2015!

    The German Perl Workshop is the largest German speaking event about Perl. It is the right platform for your idea, your project or your story. In 2015 the German Perl Workshop will take place from May 6th to May 8th at the "Volkshaus" in Dresden. About 130 attendees where at the 2014 workshop.

    We are searching for: Your idea. Your project. Your story. We are looking for challenging presentations for our program. Those might be Lightning Talks 5min), short presentations (20 minutes) or long lectures (40 min). If you search for suggestions for lecture topics, try looking through the FAQ (german).

    Please submit your paper proposals on the website as soon as possible. The official deadline March 31st, but we are still searching for some more presentations!

    The presentations and participants are the heart of our workshop. We are looking forward to seeing you - as a participant and as a speaker. You can also attend the workshop by registering on our website:

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info (at)

    Here's the corresponding German Perl Workshop 6..8 May 2015 Registration open, Call for Papers

    Cheers, Sören

    Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
    (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

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