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Perl advent calendar 2020
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by marto
on Dec 01, 2020 at 03:17
Tau Station Perl MMORPG Kickstarter Launched
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by Ovid
on Oct 05, 2020 at 13:21

    There's a song by Shaggy, "It wasn't me", that is running through my head. If you're familiar with it, it's somehow both catchy and vile. I've had ex partners describe me that way.

    The song is running through my head because I'm not the one who accidentally launched the Tau Station Kickstarter several days early. But it's done.

    And they won't let us restart it.

    So maybe it's not our intended launch window. Maybe we weren't ready. But we're owning this. We're making this happen.

    Please help support the world's first Biblio-RPG. It's a massive, immersive, narrative sci-fi MMO. And it's over 400,000 lines of Perl. Let's show the world what Perl can do.

    Even if you don't want to join in, please share this with everyone!

    Here's the link to the Kickstarter.

    And here's a link to the game. It's free to play and runs in any relatively modern browser, so you won't need to download anything or spend any money. usable again
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by hippo
on Oct 01, 2020 at 05:12
Hacktoberfest 2020
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by marto
on Oct 01, 2020 at 04:16

    Hacktoberfest 2020 is upon us. Participate, have them plant a tree or earn a t-shirt. Current Hacktoberfest tagged Perl issues.

Performance Concurrency with the Perl Many-Core Engine (9/30/2020)
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by 1nickt
on Sep 30, 2020 at 14:33
Strawberry Perl 5.32.0 is now officially available.
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by syphilis
on Aug 30, 2020 at 10:16
    kmx has finally responded to the issue I raised more than 3 weeks ago with responses of "fixed" and "closed".

    UPDATE: My mistake - the assertion (below) that the issue is NOT fixed is rubbish. It's just that I can't tell the difference between "5.32.0" and "5.30.2".
    AFAICT, the issue I raised is NOT fixed, but if you visit you'll see that, in addition to the listing of perl-5.30.3 builds, perl-5.32.0 builds (which have been sitting on the Strawberry Perl server for at least a week or two) are, as of a few hours ago, now also officially available.
    That's about all I know ... with little expectation that kmx will provide any additional information.

German Perlmongers Online Meeting
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by LanX
on Aug 04, 2020 at 12:59
    @ All German speakers here:

    Next German PM Online Meeting in (cough) 30 minutes.


    Hallo Perlmongers aus den deutschsprachigem Raum,

    Heute, am Dienstag, den 4. August 2020, um 19:30 Uhr ist German-PM Online-Treffen im Jitsi.

    Dank Corona wurde das Online-Treffen mehrfach in Erlangen und Frankfurt ausprobiert. Der Wunsch wurde geäußert, das online neben den Treffen vor Ort weiterzuführen.

    Nimm an der Besprechung teil:

    I'm not the organizer, but I'll use this thread for future announcements.


    on Daxim's request



    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

Strawberry Perl-5.30.3 is available
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by syphilis
on Aug 02, 2020 at 09:02

    Just noticed that Strawberry Perl-5.30.3 is now available.
    The date given there is 2020-07-13, but I know it wasn't available earlier today. (Looks like the date is the date that perl was built - not the date at which the distro became available.)

    Hopefully, that indicates that 5.32.0 might not be too far away.
    Actually, I build my own perls on Windows and therefore don't rely on the Strawberry project for perl. It's still a very handy reference for me, but.
    And I do look forward to using the updated gcc compiler that usually accompanies new Strawberry Perl major releases.
    Since the mingw-w64 project stopped providing recent builds of gcc (as of a couple of years ago), I've come to rely on Strawberry for my gcc upgrades.

    Anyway ... just thought it was worth mentioning ... and looking forward to a 5.32.0 release soon, with (fingers crossed) gcc-9 or gcc-10.

Malicious module on CPAN
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by choroba
on Jul 29, 2020 at 06:56
    If you use Module::AutoLoad, consider switching to something else. The module was removed from CPAN as it used string eval on data obtained from the internet.

    More details in the perl.modules e-mail archive.

    Link to the related StackOverflow question with replies from the very author of the distribution.

    map{substr$_->[0],$_->[1]||0,1}[\*||{},3],[[]],[ref qr-1,-,-1],[{}],[sub{}^*ARGV,3]
Perl plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 2020.2 available
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by hurricup
on Jul 29, 2020 at 01:33

    Features and Fixes

    • Significant editor and completion (wip) performance improvements.
    • Added support for Function::Parameters syntax WIP, #1674
    • Added support for Copyright plugin allowing you to add/update copyright to your pm files (NB: preview for block mode works wrong, but plugin should properly insert/update copyright in POD section). ${perlfile.packageName} variable supported in addition to standard set, #2168
    • Improved automatic second colon insertion/deletion handling (optional smart keys feature), #2199
    • Implemented automatic braces insertion for string substitution on typing (configurable), #2251
    • Improved files downloading for Docker and WSL based interpreters, should be much faster now, #2179
    • Fixed type inferrence for return-less simple expression methods, #2142
    • Fixed problem with symlinked libraries in WSL distribution, #2174
    • Adjusted parsing and formatting for function-like expressions, #2211
    • Improved parsing for readline operator (diamond operator), #2213
    • Improved Install Perl action for perlbrew, now showing all available distributions, #2221
    • It's now possible to configure different colors for differently based numbers: decimal, hexadecimal, octal and binary, #2225
    • Formatter may now be configured to keep -> signs on the same line when wrapping chained dereferences, #2226
    • Better documentation rendering, some trailing sections could be missing, #2228
    • Formatter is no longer mangling extended regular expressions, #2232
    • Performance for enter typing in the large files has been significantly improved, #2254
    • Replacement part of s/// regular expression is now parsed and highlighted as a qq string, #1988
    • Single quote delimiters are now honored in qx and regexp replacement, #2233
    • Matching and replacement blocks of tr operator are now properly lexed and highlighted, honoring single quote delimiters, #2224
    • Added support for character substitutions in strings, regexps and transliterations: lexing, highlighting, folding, tooltips, #2218
    • Added support for character escaping in strings lists: lexing, highlighting, #2245
    • Fixed number of parsing bugs, #2215
    • Perl 5.22:
      • String bitwise operators support: parsing, highlighting, quick-doc, formatting, #2210
      • Double diamond operator support: parsing, highlighting, quick-doc, formatting, #2212
    • Perl 5.32:
      • Perl 5.32 target version, #2205
      • isa expression parsing, highlighting, formatting, quick-doc and target version validation, #2206
      • Chained comparisons and equality checks support: parsing, highlighting, formatting and target version validation, #2208
    • Code completion:
      • Completion no longer suggests two lookup elements per namespace with different suffixes, to provide useful elements instead, dereference is now auto-completed and invokes pop-up after namespace, #2242
      • You may now complete variables without typing a sigil, just with variable name (experimental feature), #2170
      • You may now complete unicode character names in \N{} substitution (NB: currently all names known by your JRE suggested without filtering or extending by target perl version), #2250
      • Completion has been reworked and now should be much faster and relevant than before, #2197
      • Global variables are now shown in the short form: only variable name. Namespace specified in the left side, #2187
      • Global variables aliased with our keyword in the current file are now available in completion with their short names, #2191
      • Global variables are now completable by name only, namespace inserted automatically (except spammy ones, like @ISA, @EXPORT and friends, $VERSION), require manual completion invocation, #2185
      • Completion at bare filehandle now suggests namespaces, subs and variables, #2202
      • Completion at bare hash index now suggests namespaces, subs and variables, #2184
      • Fixed problems with variables completion if name is already braced, #2183
      • Completion of variable is no longer eats punctuation after a sigil, #2182


Advertise Your Virtual Perl Mongers Meetings!
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by perlfan
on Jul 22, 2020 at 22:48
Announcing Perl 7
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by marto
on Jun 24, 2020 at 15:14
Reminder: The Perl and Raku Conference in the Cloud - this week!
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by haukex
on Jun 22, 2020 at 04:36
Perl 5.32.0 Released
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by Tux
on Jun 21, 2020 at 03:58
Perl Weekly Challenges
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by perlfan
on Jun 15, 2020 at 00:28
    I followed the link to r/perl and was pleasantly surprised to see a link to "Perl Weekly Challenges" that seems to be quite active.

    I never participated in the Perl golf on account of me being totally lost or the Perl programming challenges of yore, but I was pretty active with the Pull Request Challenge when it was going. I got a lot out of it and I strongly encouraged any Perl programmers at $WORK I happened to be mentoring at the time to get involved. Some did, and it was very beneficial for them as well.

    In any case, it's no PRC but it looks like the PWCs have been active for quite a few months. Not sure if this is news, but it is new to me. And I don't see how it's fake even tho I found it on leddit, so here you go!

    Update - PRC is back, it seems!! Pull Request Club covered in a lightning talk, Kivanc Yazan - State of Pull Request Club - Lightning Talks - Day 2.

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