August 08, 2011
Perl 5 and Beyond
Randal L. Schwartz linked on Google+ today to a post on the future of perl5. The post and slides has a lot of information, so it's a good read.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
November 30, 2010
Impatient Perl (free eBook)
It's 151 pages, and the HTML link is currently broken, but if you're interested in learning perl (as you all should be), check out Impatient Perl, a free eBook by Greg London.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 AM
April 20, 2010
Why Perl 6 is Different
Leon Timmermans has a nice look at Why Perl 6 is different.
Perl 6, like Perl 5, Ruby and Python steals a lot from other languages. As you may expect, it steals too many things to mention from Perl 5. It steals chained comparisons from Python, objects from Smalltalk (in particular Squeak's traits should be mentioned). It thankfully steals nothing from PHP.
Not to split hairs of course, but Perl 6 still isn't out, so it can be the most awesome thing since sliced bread, but if no one uses it....
Posted by Arcterex at 08:55 AM
April 14, 2010
Perl 5 Development Resumes 5.12 Released
Via @curtismchale comes news that Perl 5 development has resumed, and that 5.12 is released. Here's the annoucement details of 5.12 with a few notible (but minor) changes, such as being able to survive the Y2k38 barrier and warning on deprecated features by default.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:43 AM
February 10, 2010
Reddit Clones In Various Languages
OK, this is just awesome. Check out a few Reddit.com clones written in a variety of languages. Also note the comment to code ratio in the Perl example! ;)
March 17, 2008
Cool slideshow about Perl Myths such as "perl is dead" and whatnot.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:20 PM
December 24, 2007
Cultured Perl: The elegance of JAPH - nice look back at some of the great JAPHs of ages of old.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:56 AM
December 19, 2007
Perl 5.10 Released
Wow, Perl 5.10 has been released! What is new for perl 5.10.0? I think my favorite feature so far is the '//' operator. Will save lots of typing...
Posted by Arcterex at 03:57 PM
June 05, 2006
20 Great Perl Modules
Chris Ball has a presentation online which highlights some great perl modules.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:23 PM
December 16, 2004
Mod_Perl Book Online
pointed to a free online book, Practical mod_perl
Posted by Arcterex at 11:33 PM
December 15, 2004
Tiny P2P App in Python
Cool, check out TinyP2P
, a "... functional peer-to-peer file sharing application, written in fifteen lines of code, in the Python programming language."
Posted by Arcterex at 01:54 PM
May 23, 2003
99 Bottles of Perl on the Wall
Found a link to a 1998 perl "shortest way to produce '99 bottles of beer on the wall'" challenge, and discovered why Damian is my hero
. Check out the full thread here
Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
February 14, 2003
Random Linkages today go to MIMEDefang
MIMEDefang is a program for inspecting and modifying e-mail messages as they pass through your mail relay. MIMEDefang is written in Perl, and its filter actions are expressed in Perl, so it's highly flexible.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:22 PM
February 11, 2003
Beginning Perl Available for Download
The book Beginning Perl
is available for download in PDF format. Cool stuff! Thanks to use.perl
for the link.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:45 PM
December 11, 2002
has some quite interesting abuses of the Perl language to form poetry.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:22 PM
December 04, 2002
Perl Quiz of the Week
Perl Quiz of the Week
Every Wednesday I send out Perl quizzes: Usually requests to write a program or function to perform a certain task. The 'regular' quiz can be solved using only techniques and functions found in Learning Perl (3rd edition) by Schwartz and Phoenix. The 'expert' quiz may be difficult.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:47 PM
November 05, 2002
Speaking of perl and breaking of it, I ran across a good node on perlmonks
all about Perl Styles for Large Projects
Personally I learned a lot from Effective Perl Programming (Hall and Schwartz) and The Damian's Object Oriented Perl books. While it's cool to write nifty one liners like those found in the famous japh file, I know from personal experience that you have to adopt a much more "readable" style of coding if you intend to ever look at the code again.
Which you will by the way, whether you think so now or not :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:18 PM
October 12, 2002
Stuff like this
make me realize how far I have to go as a perl programmer. "Wow"
Posted by Arcterex at 10:13 PM
October 07, 2002
The Door Server
The Door Server
, another useless use for a cuecat and perl. Via the post on perlmonks
Posted by Arcterex at 07:47 AM
September 24, 2002
Probably the best perl obfuscation I've seen ever is The Answer
over at perlmonks
Posted by Arcterex at 09:59 AM
September 14, 2002
Perl 6 Slides
From the Damian comes slides entitled
Perl 6: Right here, right now
. Cool stuff, via use.perl.org;
Posted by Arcterex at 11:41 PM
August 22, 2002
Extreme Programming Links and Info
Thanks to Asim on the SPUG
list there's a bunch of good info and links on extreme programming and perl. Read more for it...
Here are the links on Extreme Programming that I promised at the
"Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change" by Kent Beck. Overview of XP philosophy. Short readable chatty. "Test Driven Development" by Kent Beck. Available online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/testdrivendevelopment/files/TDD17Jul2002.pdf
. More development focused. Includes lots of code samples, ideas for testing techniques. Again very readable, mostly due to the chatty humorous style.
The Wiki. Publicly editable web site. Contains living discussion on different ideas including XP. If you have questions about specific parts of XP - e.g. does pairing work over the internet - this is the place to go.
Download unit testing frameworks for different languages here.
Seattle XP Group. Information about monthly meetings and weekly pair sessions at Tully's on 45th in Wallingford. Pairing sessions are on every Thursday (except the second) and are from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Bring your laptop with a project or come ready to pair with someone else.
Send a blank e-mail message to these addresses to subscribe. To read archives go to http://yahoogroups.com
and search for the lists by name.
Focus on Perl and
Extreme Programming. Low volume.
discussion. High volume.
More focused on Seattle area announcements and events. Low volume.
Focus on refactoring. Medium volume.
Focus on unit testing and test driven development. Medium volume.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:53 PM
August 21, 2002
SPUG on SPAM
I missed it this month, but the notes from the Seattle Perl User Group
's talk about Spam filtering with Mail::Audit and Mail::Spamassassin are available online
/staroffice format. Update
- here's a office 9x version
for those who are too lame to use OpenOffice :)
Posted by Arcterex at 05:15 PM
August 11, 2002
For all the camel heads out there, it looks like the search engine at CPAN
is out of beta. The new search engine
is all shiny and new, and written completely in python! (Ok, everything is true except for the last bit :)
Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
August 02, 2002
mod_perl Technology Comparision
Yohimbe sent me over a cool link with charts and graphs comparing the abilities and limitations (as far as requests / sec and memory usage) that
different mod_perl type technologies have
. They include embperl, php, html::mason, and a whack of others.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:25 AM
July 17, 2002
The Damian Spake...
Headed down to seattle last night to the Seattle Perl Users Group
meeting to see a talk by The Damian
. Damian Conway is well known for his many cool ass perl modules, as well as his book Object Oriented Perl
. The talk was not on perl so much as other things, which (as the talk was a warm up for the YAPC
) I'm not at liberty to reveal. However
, The Damian was a fantastic speaker, as well as a damn interesting one. He is a better teacher than my high school physics teachers as well. If you get a chance to go to YAPC, or see Damian speak anywhere, I heartily suggest you do so. If you're in the pacific northwest and have the opportunity to head down to Seattle for the SPUG meetings, head down there, it's worth the drive!
Posted by Arcterex at 11:16 AM
June 21, 2002
It's been a while since I wandered over to PerlMonks
, but I did this monrning, and in their Obfuscated Code section I found a fantastic program
that outputs it's own code in a continuously spiraling.... erhmm... spirale. It's very cool, well worth the cut and paste to watch.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:43 AM
June 05, 2002
Perl - Apocalypse 5
The perl weenies in the crowd are sure to already know that Apocalypse 5
from Larry Wall is out, so you can ignore this.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:44 AM