Learning from other/experienced speakers

For this year's London Perl Workshop (LPW) I've suggested that one of the themes could be "first-time speakers", which means we need to do things to encourage and help new people to speak.

I've some ideas for how we might do that, and am hoping others will have ideas too. This post is about one of those ideas.

Perl 5 Porters Mailing List Summary: June 22nd-29th

Hey everyone,

Following is the p5p (Perl 5 Porters) mailing list summary for the past week. Enjoy!

Retraction of Geo::Coder::Geocoder::US

Geo::Coder::Geocoder::US is a Perl module that interfaces to the Geocoding API of geocoder.us. Unfortunately that disappeared late 2015. Since this module is therefore useless, I am deleting it from CPAN.

The Fifth Element (of YAPC)

This year I attended my fifth YAPC and, as usual, I’ve decided to reflect a bit on the venue, the talks, and the general mood.  Since I just did a (roughly) half-post in my date module series, I figured I’d go ahead and do another (roughly) half-post this week instead of waiting for next week.

A Date with CPAN, Part 11: Sweet Release

[This is a post in my latest long-ass series.  You may want to begin at the beginning.  I do not promise that the next post in the series will be next week.  Just that I will eventually finish it, someday.  Unless I get hit by a bus.

IMPORTANT NOTE!  When I provide you links to code on GitHub, I’m giving you links to particular commits.  This allows me to show you the code as it was at the time the blog post was written and insures that the code references will make sense in the context of this post.  Just be aware that the latest version of the code may be very different.]


Last time I cleaned up most of the remaining CPAN Testers failures.  This time I’m getting ready for the first official release.  There isn’t a lot to talk about here, so this will be (uncharacteristically) a short entry in the series.

Easy OAuth Integration with Runkeeper and Spotify

I've been tooling around with a fun little app that I'm building on evenings and weekends. As part of that work I figured I'd let users authenticate via Runkeeper. Luckily Runkeeper uses OAuth2 and it's all pretty easy to get going with. I've published my very small contribution as Mojolicious::Plugin::Web::Auth::Site::Runkeeper

On a similar note, earlier this year I also released Mojolicious::Plugin::Web::Auth::Site::Spotify

If you're already using Mojolicious::Plugin::Web::Auth, then these modules will make it trivial for you connect with the Runkeeper and/or Spotify web services.

Exploiting Perl 6 Code From Down The Dependency Chain

Read this article on Perl6.Party

DISCLAIMER: data theft is a serious crime in many jurisdictions. The author does not condone or encourage anyone to break laws. The information provided here is for educational purposes only.

Back when I wrote about exploiting operators made of invisible Unicode characters, a bunch of folks pointed out the module containing rogue code would actually have to be imported by the victim and it's not that easy to convince them. Fair enough. Today, we'll play a new game and crank it up a notch!

The Game Plan

We all worked on codebases that relied on a dozen of open-sourced modules, each of which relied on a few more, which in turn relied on... well, you get the point. Somewhere, a gazillion levels deep, there's some type of a leftpad in use that you never reviewed for sanity. Right?

So here's our setup:

+--------------+     +-------------+    +------------+
| Rightpad.pm6 |  -> | GoodGuy.pm6 | -> | Target.pm6 |
+--------------+     +-------------+    +------------+

By the Numbers - YAPC::NA::2016 - Wednesday Night Pull Request Challenge

As YAPC ... TPC::NA draws to a close, there was one final hurrah. About 25 (+/- a few) brave souls partook in the Wednesday Night Pull Request Challenge.

There were:
  • 28 pull requests issued
  • 4 modules release
  • many more "person hours" spent coding, rewriting, and debugging
  • 50 peoples worth of food eaten
  • 1 budding cross-continental collaboration (App::DBCritic)
  • a metric ton of community enjoyments had all around

Thank you to craigslist for sponsoring the event. And thank you to both the hard working YAPC organizers and PRC participants for coming together for something that I hope will become continued in the future.

I would be remiss if I did not greatly encourage anyone (no matter your skill level) to get involved in the monthly CPAN PRC Challenge run by Neil Bowers. It is his effort that gave me my first real opportunity to contribute to the Perl community through pull requests; but moreover it inspired me to take a role in introducing the fun to attendees of YAPC::NA::2016.

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