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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).
  • Posted The 2014 White Camel Awards to brian d foy

    In the lands where the camel roams, the white camel is a rare and revered individual. Each year, The Perl Foundation recognizes significant non-technical achievement in Perl with the White Camel…

  • Posted My Perl recruitment thoughts to brian d foy

    Dave Cross posted his Perl Recruitment Thoughts, which led to the same tired responses we see every time someone is frustrated enough to bring it up. Again. In the past decade I've written this post about every six months,…

  • Commented on I want Package BLOCK syntax return 1.
    You return a true value at the end of the file so the require knows that everything happened. It has nothing to do with being a module or a package. We talk about this in Intermediate Perl....
  • Commented on Nominate Perl heroes for the 2014 White Camel Awards
    As it's a Perl Foundation award, we tend not to give them to people currently working inside TPF....
  • Posted Nominate Perl heroes for the 2014 White Camel Awards to brian d foy

    We're looking for nominations for the 2014 White Camel Awards that recognize significant non-technical achievement in Perl and its community. Each year we recognize work in the broad categories of community, advocacy, and user groups.

  • Commented on Test::More has lots of crazy new development that's breaking my modules
    Tell that to the people who see the number of PASSes and FAILs. It's not just "nice" to see a field of green. It's not that I'm upset that it's not perfect. People see these numbers, make judgements, and decide...
  • Posted Test::More has lots of crazy new development that's breaking my modules to brian d foy

    I still wish we had a way to remove reports from CPAN Testers. The case of a broken Test::More is a really good reason for this.

    I received many fail reports for Business::ISBN, which I've been working on lately. Howeve…

  • Commented on Logically And Yourself (&&=)
    I love interesting behavior with the binary assignments. This one is quite nice. I expanded this benchmark in a gist (ouch.pl). There are a few things to note. 1. These sorts of benchmarks often show the performance in a particular...
  • Commented on Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools
    Well, I'd prefer that we only include working programs, so until vip isn't hugely buggy and works as advertised we can put it in there. If it has major problems, perhaps we should wait. I'd suggest moving it to Github...
  • Commented on Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools
    I'll started a list of opportunities in Github Issues. If you think that there are other things you could do, add an issue. If there's something you think you can do, work on that. If you have some ideas, add...
  • Commented on Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools
    There's much to do that doesn't need great Perl skill. Most of the code is already written, so you don't have to create it. I would like to standard the code across all of the programs, and add consistent documentation...
  • Commented on A quick static file webserver
    I’d modified Joel’s script to include a default index file by using a before_dispatch hook. It could probably be better, but I stopped when I got it to work. I needed this for a particular project so I haven’t stopped...
  • Posted Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools to brian d foy

    I've started revitalizing the Perl Power Tools. I love this project, also known as the Unix Reconstruction Project, but there's been a some bit rot and I think we can make it easier to find. Googling "PPT" means so many other things,…

  • Posted 2014 Swiss Perl Workshop redux to brian d foy

    The Swiss Perl Workshop did not disappoint, although as a featured speaker there was plenty to worry about. One of the organizers, Matthias Bloch, was well trained to take care of the chaotic situation of herding cats and programmers. He was a trained primary school instructor, in which he…

  • Commented on Public 0 is the new Inbox 0
    I thought part of Inbox 0 was simply deleting all the undealt with messages and thinking that anything that's important will be re-submitted. :)...
  • Commented on how to add switches to a perl program like plackup or dzil
    I need to do this frequently because some people insist on using /usr/bin/env in the shebang line to find the first perl installed instead of using the one the installed it. perl5.20.0 `which mojo` ......
  • Posted The Whitespace in the Perl Community to brian d foy

  • Posted What's Freelancers? to brian d foy

    I thought the tweet might have something to do with the paste discussion I posted to Stackoverflow by using Perl Power Tools. That answer was a lot of fun, and as I suspected, I didn't even need Perl since a user on Reddit came up with a…

  • Commented on I learn something about tell(), then abuse it.
    Ah yeah, I keep forgetting to use file handles as objects. I started Perl too early to immediately jump to those....
  • Commented on A comparison of memory use for primality modules
    I'm also curious what the range limitations are for each method. Sometimes a slow program that has a longer range is better than a speedy one that stops at 127. And, how long does it take for the last prime...
  • Posted I learn something about tell(), then abuse it. to brian d foy

    I learned a new thing today, or remembered a forgotten one. I can use tell to affect the file handle that $. uses.

    It all started very simply. I was going too far in my answer to ="http://stac…

  • Commented on Want PPW in 2014? So do I.
    I think this is a great way to discover things the community wants to do. However, if these sorts of things fail, I don't necessarily think that means people don't want it. We haven't developed the channels to reach all...
  • Commented on Are conference speakers compensated
    I'd rather hear a really good speaker than have a conference t-shirt. As I noted in my post, YAPC has gone far beyond it's grassroots beginnings (which was more like today's Foo-camps). That's one of the problems I alluded to...
  • Commented on Swiss Perl Workshop: Kickstarting Mastering Perl Course
    You don't have to go to the Swiss Perl Workshop to contribute. You can sponsor a student to go to my classes! I'm also sending out signed books as a reward. You don't have to attend to get that....
  • Commented on Attendees Meet and Greet
    I organized a newbie event at YAPC in Madison, and it was certainly low rent and designed to be that way. I cajoled a bunch of Perl's big names to have lunch with four YAPC newbies each. People signed up...
  • Commented on Sawyer X joins Perl::Dancer conference as trainer and speaker
    While Sawyer (and Peter Rabbitson) are in New York State, I'd like to entice them to come to New York City as well. :)...
  • Commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?
    I don't think that you were a jerk at all, but I don't think you addressed the dirty secret that all the grass-roots volunteerism and open source-ism is paid for corporate money coming from closed sourced software (mostly). I don't...
  • Commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?
    I look forward to your opinion on the whole thing, especially since I know you had things to say about it on that mailing list. But yes, I meant what I said. Maybe you have a different opinion....
  • Commented on Time::Moment vs DateTime
    This looks amazingly cool with a slightly friendlier interface! What are the functional differences to DateTime? Are there any incompatibilities? That's the first section I looked for in the docs....
  • Posted How should conference speakers be compensated? to brian d foy

    Curtis Poe, one of the top presenters in the world of Perl (and testing and ...) recently posted How Do Conference Speakers Get Compensated? in…

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