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5.15.9 has been released
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by JavaFan
on Mar 20, 2012 at 18:13
    How many roads must a man walk down Before you call him a man? Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand? Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly Before they're forever banned? The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind How many years can a mountain exist Before it's washed to the sea? Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist Before they're allowed to be free? Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head Pretending he just doesn't see? The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind How many times must a man look up Before he can see the sky? Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have Before he can hear people cry? Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows That too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962 We are delighted to announce Perl 5.15.9, the tenth development releas +e of Perl 5.15. You will soon be able to download Perl 5.15.9 from your favorite CPAN mirror or find it at: https://metacpan.org/release/ABIGAIL/perl-5.15.9/ SHA1 digests for this release are: a66381386b6a276fddeda0cfb0631ff2d3d4e891 perl-5.15.9.tar.gz + 993545b43e723cb5e99acafa78b626af08cdbb72 perl-5.15.9.tar.bz2 + You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" locate +d in the "pod" directory inside the release and on the web. Acknowledgements Perl 5.15.9 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl + 5.15.8 and contains approximately 79,000 lines of changes across 530 files fr +om 23 authors. Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant c +ommunity of users and developers. The following people are known to have contri +buted the improvements that became Perl 5.15.9: Aaron Crane, Abigail, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dave Ro +lsky, David Cantrell, David Golden, David Mitchell, Eric Brine, Father Chrys +ostomos, Florian Ragwitz, James E Keenan, Jesse Vincent, Karl Williamson, Marc +Green, Max Maischein, Nicholas Clark, Pau Amma, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, +Tony Cook, Yves Orton, Zefram. The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically g +enerated from version control history. In particular, it does not include the n +ames of the (very much appreciated) contributors who reported issues to the Pe +rl bug tracker. Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN mo +dules included in Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN community f +or helping Perl to flourish. For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, ple +ase see the AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution. We expect this to be the last development release of Perl 5.15. The ne +xt major stable release of Perl 5, version 5.16.0, should appear in May 2 +012. Your Humble Release Manager, Abigail
BooK proposes a new Perl secret operator
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Mar 15, 2012 at 16:33
Let Me CPAN That For You!
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by perl.j
on Mar 13, 2012 at 15:06

    Note: I did not find this on this site through a few searches do I guess that it has never been posted here.

    Recently I have come across LMCTFY (Let me CPAN that for you).

    Nothing special. But I thought it might be useful here (actually, it's especially useful on StackOverflow who has banned LMGTFY links). Have fun!

    --perl.j
Perl 5.15.8 is released!
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by Corion
on Feb 20, 2012 at 18:12
        "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
          Doctor Who, in the Tardis
          Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
          Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
          Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
    
       Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
       age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
       older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
       debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
       girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
       A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
       Top for more than one week.
    
       Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
       lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
       buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
       into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
       meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
       soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
       single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
    
         "I'm never going to give you up"
    
         -- The KLF - The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way
    
    We are very happy to announce Perl 5.15.8, the eighth
    development release of Perl 5.15.
    
    You will soon be able to download Perl 5.15.8 from your favorite CPAN
    mirror or find it at:
    

    https://metacpan.org/release/CORION/perl-5.15.8/

    SHA1 digests for this release are:
    
    5112c79a598896cfa7cadb6409b0a19ad080edd7  perl-5.15.8.tar.gz
    8fd2f9b61fd0bd0fa2840c4ef2cc12169381f3b9  perl-5.15.8.tar.bz2
    
    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.
    
    Acknowledgements
    
    Perl 5.15.8 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
    5.15.7 and contains approximately 61,000 lines of changes across 480
    files from 36 authors.
    
    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 5.15.8:
    
    Abhijit Menon-Sen, Alan Haggai Alavi, Alexandr Ciornii, Andy Dougherty, 
    Brian Fraser, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Darin McBride, 
    Dave Rolsky, David Golden, David Leadbeater, David Mitchell, Dominic 
    Hargreaves, Eric Brine, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, H.Merijn 
    Brand, Juerd Waalboer, Karl Williamson, Leon Timmermans, Marc Green, Max 
    Maischein, Nicholas Clark, Paul Evans, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Rainer 
    Tammer, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Robin Barker, Shlomi Fish, Steffen 
    Müller, Todd Rinaldo, Tony Cook, Yves Orton, Zefram, Ęvar Arnfjörš 
    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 F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.
    
    We expect to release Perl 5.15.9 on the 20th March 2012.  The next major 
    stable release of Perl 5, version 5.16.0, should appear in May 2012.
    
    Thanks,
    -max (Corion on CPAN)
    
Just A Little Fun After a Long Day
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by mrdurtal
on Feb 11, 2012 at 22:24

    Take a one minute break from your coding and listen to this to the end.

    While I don't think there is a Trojan at the URL I put up, I see the point and am removing the link. If someone wishes to see the video, they can google John Hubley's classic animation, Truth Ruth.

    :There is more than one way to @verb a cat:
DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop -- April 14, 2012
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by derby
on Jan 30, 2012 at 09:35

    DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop - http://dcbpw.org/dcbpw2012

    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 other hackers.

    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.

    More information is available at http://dcbpw.org/dcbpw2012.

YAPC::Europe 2012 in Frankfurt am Main
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by Corion
on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:07

    (A single crosspost from blogs.perl.org)

    Finally we've received the contract signed by both parties. We are really happy to now be able to publicly announce the date and venue of the YAPC::Europe 2012.

    The YAPC::Europe 2012 will take place from Monday, the 20th of August to Wednesday, the 22nd of August at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität, on the Bockenheim Campus in Frankfurt am Main.

    We will post further information about the venue soon on the YAPC::Europe 2012 blog.

Perl 5.15.7 is released
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by bingos
on Jan 20, 2012 at 16:56
    
      "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:
    
    https://metacpan.org/release/BINGOS/perl-5.15.7/
    
    SHA1 digests for this release are:
    
     053d1bec2e360088ce14a84bc7b1e4845feec954   perl-5.15.7.tar.gz
     20df66bb377bbc640cc47abf65adcf8cec9024f1   perl-5.15.7.tar.bz2
    
    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
    authors.
    
    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
    Arnfjörš 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 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
    
    
New Beginning Perl book due out in August
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by mrdurtal
on Jan 14, 2012 at 06:34

    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.

    :There is more than one way to @verb a cat:
London Perl Workshop 2011 videos
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by FunkyMonk
on Jan 03, 2012 at 18:43
Perl 6 Coding Contest 2011
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by moritz
on Dec 25, 2011 at 06:20

    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.

CPAN - As Seen From Space!
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by grantm
on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:46
    "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.

Booking.com donates EUR 100,000 to the Perl5 Maintenance Fund
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by JavaFan
on Dec 14, 2011 at 18:12
    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.

Ubuntu Precise Pangolin will contain an up to date perl version
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by chrestomanci
on Dec 12, 2011 at 17:09

    Hands up who is frustrated that mainstream Linux distros rarely contain the latest stable release of Perl?

    Today I installed the current alpha release of the next Ubuntu LTS Precise Pangolin. I was pleased to discover that the included version of perl is 5.14.2

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/perl

    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.

New Module - Acme::UseStrict
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by tobyink
on Dec 06, 2011 at 15:27

    Acme::UseStrict - a fun use for overloading, the hint hash (%^H) and smart matches.

    It allows my $foo = "use strict" to switch on strict mode.


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