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[Perlweekly] The current Perl Weekly News - Issue #17

From:  Gabor Szabo <>
Subject:  [Perlweekly] The current Perl Weekly News - Issue #17
Date:  Mon, 21 Nov 2011 02:11:24 -0800
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Perl Weekly Issue #17 - November 21, 2011

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Hi there,

I am back from London and started to organize the Perl Workshop in Israel.
See link below.

We also reached and passed 2000 subscribers in the Perl Weekly. Thank you
for your trust!

Now to the posts:

  Strawberry Perl 5.14.2 has a preview release

  Perl Weekly reaches 2000 subscribers
  Yes, that's about this newsletter. And since then its is up to 2068. A
  little more promotion and we get to 10,000 :-)


  What is the Marpa algorithm?
  We already saw a few articles by Jeffrey Kegler about his Marpa module. In
  this article he explains the theory and the algorithm behind it.

  Promoting Perl's Features versus Benefits
  chromatic shows a couple of examples to explain what the listener will
  benefit by using Perl. It's an art though. Sometimes you need to
  emphasize the features and show the benefits in other, more subtle ways.

  What's actually installed in that perl library?
   Tim Bunce (you know, the guy who wrote DBI), describes his solution when
  his company wanted to move from a very old Perl to a new one. The primary
  problem being the fact that they did not have proper configuration
  management earlier. Is that familiar to you?

  New & Improved: MooseX::Role::BuildInstanceOf
  Written by Yanick Champoux (yanick), the pollinator agent.


  Dist::Zilla, Pod::Weaver and bin
  Flavio Poletti fights Dist::Zilla and Pod::Weaver in public. And wins!
  There is a certain value when someone describes the path to the solution
  and not only the solution. That helps people accept, that they are not
  expected to come up with a solution out of the blue. It also helps people
  learning the fine art of problem solving.


  CPAN dependencies are more fun to manage than ever
  Tatsuhiko Miyagawa continues to steal ideas from Ruby. This time he is
  proposing cpanfile - a way to declare and manage CPAN dependencies in an

  LPW2011 Talk Slides
  Paul Evans (LeoNerd) links to his 'A Protocol for Protocols' and 'Tickit'
  talk slides.


  Mojocast #4: Stash, Flash, and Sessions
  Glen Hinkle (tempire) releases the 4th episode of the screencasts about


  Time spent waiting for tests you know will pass is time wasted
  Here, the anti-thesis. Everyone talks about the importance of testing and
  the importance of running the tests during module installation. Then here
  comes Fred Moyer (Phred) and explains why is that a waste of time. The
  comments have a solution. Binary distributions. What do you say?

  Test::DatabaseRow 2
  Test::DatabaseRow has been part of my testing training for many years now
  but I always had a bit of a strange feeling as it only handled one single
  row. Now Mark Fowler has refactored and upgraded the module and among
  other things it can now test multiple rows. Here he explains some of his


Perl 6
  Rakudo: this week's release, and the next Rakudo Star
  A few days ago version #46 of Rakudo came out and in this article Jonathan
  Worthington describes what is in the new version: 'Big Integer Support',
  'Protoregexes with LTM', 'CATCH improvements', 'Improved MAIN argument
  parsing', '6model REPR API 2' just to copy the titles. Detailed
  explanation in the blog post.


Perl Tutorials
  How to teach 'Modern' Perl?
  People have strong opinion on what Modern Perl means. Unfortunatelly those
  things don't always work out of the box and sometimes it isn't a good
  thing to teach those practices at all. At least not as the first
  experience in tha language. In this article I was trying to discuss some
  of the issues I see.


  London Perl Workshop 2011, Reflection, part two
  Mark Keating (MDK), the organizer of the London Perl Workshop, looks back
  at this year's event.

  Padre 0.92, the release!
  Peter Lavender, the release manager of Padre wrote about the new version.
  Installable from CPAN. This is the first version that requires
  Wx::Scintilla. Padre also has real-time VCS built in now.

  Stackoverflow perl report
  Miguel Prz (niceperl) continues with his new tradition and lists the 10
  most popular Perl related questions on StackOverflow. I hope people in
  the Perl community take notice and start following the Perl tag on SO.

  Belgian Perl Workshop 2011, review


  Saint Perl 2011 Conference
  December 18, 2011, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

  The Perl Oasis
  January 13-15, 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA

  Perl Workshop in Israel
  February 28, 2012, Ramat Gan, Israel


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