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brian d foy

  • Website: www.theperlreview.com
  • About: I'm the author of Mastering Perl, and the co-author of Learning Perl (6th Edition), Intermediate Perl, Programming Perl (4th Edition) and Effective Perl Programming (2nd Edition).
  • Commented on Perl dying? Well now I don't care
    I have many enhancements to Pod. You don't need to add anything to the basic Pod to get what you want because you can always write your own translator to get it. I think that's a better way to go....
  • Commented on Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
    I used to do something similar, but now I pay more attention to whatever CI system I'm using. I'll print a bunch of diagnostic stuff in the setup/install phase....
  • Commented on Perl7 is a fork of values
    In that video, Bryan Cantrill makes points that don't support the ones you make here. He says that values need to adapt to people and the times, and the people leave when their values aren't represented. His through line is...
  • Commented on Perl 7 Thoughts
    It's a bit worse than that. Since v5.30 (and v5.26, but not v5.28) mandates the escape of the left brace in a pattern, your v5.32/v7 code has to comply with that. I recently updated my Object::Iterate module to use :prototype....
  • Posted The Perl 7 tl;dr to brian d foy

    Sawyer X, Perl's volunteer Project Lead, announced at The Perl Conference in the Cloud that Perl will make the jump to a new major version, Perl 7. This allows the next version to accept saner, more modern default settings. So far, Perl 5 has been compatible back its first release in 1994. Perl…

  • Commented on To-Study Plan: a beginning to OO in Perl
    Before you jump in Moose and friends, I suggest you try it with straight Perl OO first. You can learn the bare metal approach so when you jump into another framework, you appreciate what it's doing for you. Damian Conway's...
  • Commented on PDL: Episode VI - a New Book
    I'd love to write a PDL book. It's definitely on my list of interesting ideas. However, good books take quite a bit of time and effort. It's not a matter of simply writing. Most of the pain is in sequencing—what's...
  • Commented on Making YAML.pm, YAML::Syck and YAML::XS safer by default
    Data::Dumper and Storable have the same problem....
  • Commented on Communication at the 36c3 Perl and Raku Assembly
    These are basically my talking points too. I'd recommend that anyone who wants to do similar advocacy also come up with a good answer to five things you hate about your language: you don't really know something that you only...
  • Commented on A Static Archive of use.perl.org
    See https://noc.perl.org for contact details for perl.org infrastructure....
  • Commented on New Role Of Roles In Raku
    This is very good news! I had reported this in StackOverflow (https://stackoverflow.com/q/41791602/2766176) and was sad that it never got that much attention....
  • Commented on A Static Archive of use.perl.org
    This is very cool, and gets that off my to-do list for this week. Now I'm going back to read some of my journals to see if I had anything interesting to say. So far it seems that most things...
  • Commented on Perl Marketing Four Elements
    The four elements of marketing are often enumerated as Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. But you should also think about the other side. What does the customer want, why do they want it, and how do they want to receive...
  • Commented on Would you like to get one user instead of the top of TIBOE?
    Tim Bunce debunked the way they position their rankings: https://blog.timbunce.org/2008/04/20/tiobe-or-not-tiobe-an-update/...
  • Commented on Whither Stratopan?
    The project as a business is dead. It was a hard sell. Jeffrey stopped working on it long ago. There's still Pinto–the open source version of the same idea. If this is something you still want to pursue, I may...
  • Posted We don't need no stinkin' hosting to brian d foy
  • Commented on Nominate Perl heroes for the 2018 White Camel Awards
    Remember that this award is a Camel, and it's for non-technical achievement. I think Perl 6 should have its own award (the "Camelias" or whatever). Someone can arrange to do that through The Perl Foundation just like we do the...
  • Posted Nominate Perl heroes for the 2018 White Camel Awards to brian d foy

    It's the 20th anniversary of the White Camel Awards!

    We're looking for nominations for the 2018 White Camel Awards that recognize significant non-technical achievement in Perl and its community. Each year we recognize work in the br…

  • Commented on Which edges cases could perl shed to make it easier to parse?
    Kurila wants to do new things. That's not what I'm proposing. I'm not interested in making a new language. Anyone can still use Perl just as it is. I like the language I have now, but there are parts of...
  • Posted Nordic Perl Workshop 2018 Highlights to brian d foy

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  • Commented on Which edges cases could perl shed to make it easier to parse?
    Prior art doesn't matter if you can break compatibility. And, it's not about doing this in the Perl source. It's about making a grammar that something else can use....
  • Posted Which edges cases could perl shed to make it easier to parse? to brian d foy

  • Commented on The Perl Conference - what is new?
    At one YAPC I put up a poster board with the names of “old timers” that first time conference attendees could have lunch with. Each old timer could have four people sign up for the same lunch slot. I think...
  • Commented on What after the Pull Request Challenge?
    People can always help with Perl.com: GitHub Issues :)...
  • Commented on Smoking Perl
    Instead of reading the docs, I started by installing Test::Smoke. It turns out that installing it also configures it and also automatically added a line to my crontab after asking for permission. I went through the same process. It looks...
  • Commented on Smartmatch in 5.27.7
    This change has been reverted. However, there's now a thread for the deprecation process....
  • Commented on White Camels 2017
    I've pinged Gabor. The site source is in https://github.com/szabgab/whitecamel.org...
  • Commented on Smartmatch in 5.27.7
    I wrote up my own thoughts. Aside some the actual language issues I'm most disturbed that this didn't follow the normal experimental feature contract in perlpolicy. Not only that, the feature branch wasn't rebased (another violation) so was enmeshed in...
  • Posted White Camels 2017 to brian d foy

    2017.png The White Camel Awards recognize outstanding, non-technical achievement in Perl. Started in…

  • Commented on Nominate Perl heroes for the 2017 White Camel Awards
    The work you cite for Damian would qualify him for technical achievement. We're specifically discounting technical contributions when we consider this award....
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  • Toby Inkster commented on Perl dying? Well now I don't care

    I can understand the push back on YAML. YAML is a huge specification, way more complex than you need. There's already a cut-back broken implementation in core, adding a second cut-back broken implementation seems a bad idea, and adding a full implementation seems like overkill for such a trivial task.

    Seems to me a simple implementation would be something like this to embed an image file, along the lines of how links already work:

    J<Yes|checkma…
  • Toby Inkster commented on Perl dying? Well now I don't care

    (If it was unclear in my previous comment, the "Yes" was supposed to be alt text for the image, to be displayed if the image cannot be shown.)

  • davebaker commented on Perl dying? Well now I don't care

    Your anger, frustration and fatigue makes sense to me. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience, and very glad you shared it in such detail, which took a good deal of your time and represents yet another effort you've made to benefit the community. We're all technically-focused geeks to a degree, but it's surprising to me that responses to your post have been almost exclusively technical ones as to your method for adding an image extension, rather than solution-oriented comments addressing the problem you've described in detail, which is to say the political problem you encountered rather…

  • b0red0m commented on Perl dying? Well now I don't care

    I'm not sure being a cry baby on the Internet is going to help your cause any, but judging from the many Fortune 500s that use Perl for their back end infrastructure, I'd wager to say Perl will be around longer than you or I. LMFAO

  • markov commented on Perl dying? Well now I don't care

    Dimitry, I have encountered many comparable problems as you described. For instance, I have attempted to get markup like =method =sub =example and inheritance information into plain POD, to help produce nicer HTML already 20 years ago. Many mechanisms block those developments unless you are a core maintainer. That's why I wrote OODoc (not to be confused with OpenOffice, which arrived much later)

    For your YAML implementation: I basically agree with Tina: do it 100% or don't do it at all. We have too many modules which are just 80%; which break when you start using them in the real …

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