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Duncan

  • About: I blog about Perl.
  • Commented on search.cpan.org
    I think we're in danger of being insular here. People inside the echo chamber know about Metacpan and either use it in preference to search.cpan.org or switch to it if, as is often the case at the moment, search.cpan.org is...
  • Commented on What is in The End?
    Larry Wall may or may not have been ahead of his time. PBP calls for functions/methods to return explicitly, so I always try and get my team to do that. The reasons given in the book seem fair enough, or...
  • Commented on Jperl
    That would be great....
  • Commented on Jperl
    Have you spoken to the maintainers of Javascript.pm and asked them about their plans? It hasn't had an update for two years. If you use the namespace Javascipt.pm or make Javascript.pm a wrapper around your module then, in theory at...
  • Commented on Perl::Critic for the Camel
    brian, I enjoyed your book on Effective Programming, I even persuaded a couple of local libraries to stock it. I've got a copy of the latest Camel book here, but I've only dipped into it. Surprisingly, the bit I've read...
  • Commented on Perl::Critic for the Camel
    Yes, it is a different book, by a different author, with different recommendations and that's bad. It's also very old. It makes it very difficult to impose a baseline set of practices on a project team. I can't see anything...
  • Commented on Perl::Critic for the Camel
    What's wrong with just updating PBP?...
  • Commented on Wing Now Auto-Generates Restful Object Relationships
    The Wing namespace on CPAN was taken by Simon Cozens over 12 years ago. Is this anything to do with it? A glance at the two sets of code indicates that it may not be....
  • Commented on CPAN candidates for adoption
    I think this is a brilliant bit of work, but I think it could do more to distinguish between two goals. Is it trying to identify modules which need adoption or is it a general indicator of the quality of...
  • Commented on PerlX, sub-communities, etc.
    Well done. Ten out of ten for translating it. (I don't necessarily agree with the content.)...
  • Commented on My Perl Pitch to Students
    Thanks...
  • Commented on My Perl Pitch to Students
    I've been trying to make informal contacts with some of the local universities as well. Similarly, I've been involved in conversations about whether mentioning games programming might get the attention of students. The SDL library was being pushed quite hard...
  • Commented on Fat Versus Thin Core
    I think the premise of downloading a thin core and then an extended core is quite solid. I've come across two examples recently where other programs do this. I was working on a fresh Ubuntu installation and I couldn't get...
  • Commented on What's wrong with CPAN?
    There are quite a lot of modules on CPAN which are over ten years old and which haven't seen an update in that time. That doesn't mean that they need an update, but it does show that the timelines are...
  • Commented on CPAN modules that (can) load other modules
    You haven't mentioned only.pm. It's recommended in PBP and there's an article (http://www.perl.com/pub/2003/03/18/only.html) describing it in glowing terms. It was obviously expected to be the next big thing at one point. I've often wondered why it never caught on. The...
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    Perl at FOSDEM

    I was at FOSDEM to…

  • Commented on Perl tutorials suck (and cause serious damage)
    This issue has been raised before and after it came up at the last LPW I decided to have a look at the availability of library books. A similar problem applies. Many local libraries have Perl books which are ten...
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  • valle.lukas commented on Perl::Critic for the Camel
  • Jean-Damien Durand commented on Jperl

    Duncan,
    I'll can provide functions similar to this module if you want - I personnally also gave up with JavaScript and also with JE -;

  • brian d foy commented on What is in The End?

    Perl has trouble with tail recursion because it can't always tell if the subroutine name references the same code.

    But, good programmers don't need recursion. :)

  • shawnhcorey commented on What is in The End?

    What's wrong with recursion?

    A look at recursion.

  • Olivier Mengué (dolmen) commented on search.cpan.org

    A few reasons why I'm a MetaCPAN promoter:

  • search.cpan.org still has the look of 1997 web sites. Just this can let people think that Perl is stuck there.
  • you can submit issues about MetaCPAN, they are public, and you get feedback. For s.c.o, you have to send an e-mail and I never got an answer. Anyway, I have abandonned a long time ago the usage of my e-mail inbox to track issue progress.
  • issues reported are quickly fixed
  • you can even directly report issues on IRC (#metacpan) and get immediate feedback and fixes
  • you can submit patches for Meta…
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