HTML::FormFu talk for Sydney PM

I am in the process of authoring a talk for Sydney PM as an intro to HTML::FormFu (via Catalyst). The draft of which follows, to which I would welcome feedback and suggestions.


Efficient web forms.

So you can leave at 5pm each day.

Web frameworks like Catalyst, Mojolicious & Dancer take care of repetitive things in web app development such as:

  • Connecting your code to an environment (mod_perl1/2, cgi, fast_cgi, nginx_perl etc. ok * Plack does a lot of this)
  • Mapping uri requests to code
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Sessions
  • Connecting to databases & ORM's
  • Serialization/Deserialization (JSON, XML etc)
  • Templating (built on TT, Alloy etc)
  • Logging/Debugging levels
  • SiteMaps, Caching, Browser detection
  • Code Bootstrappers

Whats missing is form generation and validation.

It's very rare not to have form's in any software - business applications have lots of them.

They are very boring and repetitive, prone to mistakes and bugs as a result.

Data types are frequenly the same things: names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, etc.

Perl 6 Status

Today, from Freenode's #perl6:

01:41 < zzzzzzzzzz> Is there no site that gives a current status of Perl6 work 
                    that a non-guru could follow?

01:42 < zzzzzzzzzz> Most of the hits under 
           are ca. 
                    2010 and even is close 
                    to two months old.


01:47 < zzzzzzzzzz> That's the impression I get but I have a hard 
                    time getting much farther than that.  For example, "what 
                    exactly do I download to start learning, and why those bits 
                    instead of other bits?"


01:52 < zzzzzzzzzz> Whichever.  A site that took a snapshot of the state every 
                    quarter or two would make it a lot easier for relative 
                    noobs to get up to speed and start learning things.

This is a feeling I've shared for a while. Working out where Perl 6 is takes a bit of archeology, trying to figure out what the Compiler Feature matrix means.

Anyway, I've taken a stab at trying to create a very short, simple, regularly updated set of answers:, hopefully accessible to Perl 5 developers and random other developers. It's on Github (there's a link in there), so if you think I've gotten something wrong, or want to update it, please send me a pull request.

Book Report - October 2014

This month has been quite a busy one for me, so I haven't had much chance to work on my (in-progress) book. However, I have had some time to start work on a short talk for London Perl Workshop 2014 which will cover some of the OO best practices followed in the book. (At the time of writing, I've not yet heard whether the talk has been accepted/scheduled.)

S.C.O. cloning project - progress report

A week ago I mentioned that I've started to create a clone of using the MetaCPAN API as back-end. I've also promised to record a series of screencasts explaining the process. Something, that can be very useful if you need to rewrite an application and you can't read the source-code.

20 years and counting

So myself and I think most of the Perl world missed an important date on October 12th

Well that day marked the first release of DBI to CPAN.

It is hard to judge how much an impact this hunk of code has had on dare I say it the world. IMHO it was the first killer app for the web and still with us today being actively developed and improved on and has kept its place just quietly sitting in the background doing its job.

If I sit back and think of 20 years ago I had just upgraded to a 12k modem from a 1.2k, browsed the internet, (If you could call it that) with text browser, Netscape was only release 1 day later, (By the way it too me 19+ hours to download it) a few week later one used something call web-crawler


Managing Boilerplate with Import::Base

Boilerplate is everything I hate about programming:

  • Doing the same thing more than once
  • Leaving clutter in every file
  • Making it harder to change things in the future
  • Eventually blindly copying without understanding (cargo-cult programming)

In an effort to reduce some of my boilerplate, I wrote Import::Base a module to collect and import useful bundles of modules, removing the need for long lists of use ... lines everywhere.

Inline Grant Weekly Report #1

Just finished up week #1 of the TPF Grant for Inline Modules with DAVIDO++. We've been having a blast, making great progress, all while trying to push the boundaries of open/public/televised/pair/perl programming!

Here's our weekly status report (using our new homemade blogging system (thinking about you, Tony Bowden!)):

We'll be writing up a report each Saturday, just in time for Gabor's

Stop by #inline on and say HAI, if you are so inclined.

What Do Managerless Companies Look Like?

I'm please to say that my opening keynote at YAPC::EU 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria, "You're Killing Managers (keep it up)" was the second highest rated talk at the conference (I was narrowly beaten out my Matt Trout's excellent "State of the Velociraptor" keynote). Thanks again to everyone who made that a great conference and for putting the videos online.

I spend a bit of time in that talk discussing Ricardo Semler. His company, Semco, has 3,000 employees and almost a quarter of a billion in annual revenue. You should read more about them.

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