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  • Commented on Some ideas for improving the community - The ANA initiative
    Then major resources (perl.com, perl.org, jobs.perl.org, metacpan, etc...) need to be visually re-designed Leo Lapworth has been working his way through the Perl web sites - massively improving the look of the ones that he has worked on. From your...
  • Commented on blogs.perl.org statistics
    Yeah, we seem to bubble along at a reasonable level with an occasional massive spike like that. The spikes all seem to be driven by posts getting onto Reddit and/or Hacker News. And mostly they seem to be Ovid's posts...
  • Commented on The 2013 White Camels
    But Wendy, these awards are nothing to do with the amount of Perl you do. They are about the amount of good you do in the Perl community. And I can't think of more deserving winners than you and Liz....
  • Commented on Is it possible to run Movable Type under Apache HTTP Server?
    The fact that CGI refuses to die until this day indicates that there are use cases or scenarios in which CGI is more apt than the alternatives. Or does it indicate that people haven't done a good enough job in...
  • Commented on Comment Submission Error
    This is a bug that appeared the last time we upgraded MT. If anyone has knowledge of MT and would like to help us track this bug down, then please contact us (perhaps by commenting on the bug at the...
  • Commented on Let's post information about your production to blog
    Have you met Iron Man yet? http://ironman.enlightenedperl.org/...
  • Commented on How to fake a database design
    Back when I was taught this stuff at college, the lecturer had a nice phrase that summarised the requirements for third normal form. A table is in third normal form if all of its columns rely on the key, the...
  • Commented on Kegler spam
    Enabling it shouldn't be far more complex than setting a variable or clicking a checkbox button, should it? I've just been through all of the configuration settings (again) and I can't see any way to do this. Perhaps I'm missing...
  • Commented on Kegler spam
    We are aware that some posts on blogs.perl.org are a little long for convenient skimming from the front page. We're contacting some of the people concerned with a friendly reminder that splitting posts up is helpful for readers, and we're...
  • Commented on Pre-Modern Perl VS Post-Modern Perl: Redux
    Hi Buddy, Could you please read this. I just edited your post to take most of it off the front page....
  • Commented on Perl and self flagellation...
    I have no problem at all with people using "non-Modern" Perl. If that's how you want to write your code, then that's fine, of course. What I object to is people saying that using Modern Perl tools somehow makes their...
  • Commented on Perl and self flagellation...
    I will submit this hypothesis: The average Perl programmer that has learned Perl from Learning Perl or the camel book will not find reading Moose code "easier". Well, someone who has learned Perl from Learning Perl won't have come across...
  • Commented on Perl and self flagellation...
    I have no patience for programmers that want to show the world how smart they are while creating code that only they can maintain. I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly. I would hope that we all do. But I don't...
  • Commented on The Design of Four
    I'm sorry, I accidentally caused the repetition. I was trying to cut down the amount of text that appeared on the front page of the site, but somehow got it wrong. I've fixed it now. Sorry about that....
  • Commented on Site Front Page
    @brian: I don't think a widget has disappeared. The templates had a bit of a light edit a week or so ago, but no widgets were removed. There's a "recent posts" widget on individual blogs, but not on the site...
  • Commented on Site Front Page
    We are investigating ways to make MT auto-chop posts that get too long. And even if you split your post between the "body" and "extended" fields, the whole text still shows up in the web feed. I agree with brian...
  • Posted Site Front Page to Meta
    The front page of blogs.perl.org is like an advert for the Perl have. We should try to make it as attractive as possible.

    If the first three posts on the front page are huge essays or massive code listings then the…
  • Commented on CPAN {Spring|Autumn} cleaning time again
    BooK, I saw that when reading the QA Hackathon wiki just now. This made me very excited as it was only a couple of days ago that I considered doing that myself. So, how far did you get?...
  • Commented on CPAN {Spring|Autumn} cleaning time again
    use.perl didn't go away but, sadly, the URL scheme changed soon after pudge closed it down. Your post is still available though....
  • Commented on What exactly is going on at Perlmonks?
    "It's only a joke" is never an acceptable response to criticism like this. It doesn't really matter what the writer was intending, what matters is how the reader interprets it. If you think that stuff like this doesn't matter then...
  • Commented on Better late than never - Perl School is awesome!
    @Alex: Thanks for the blog post. Glad that you enjoyed it so much. @Erik: Perl School is really cheap, so I don't have the money to do clever stuff like recording them. It's possible that something like that might happen...
  • Commented on what to know about aligning
    I know nothing about biology or bioinformatics, but I strongly suspect that you should be looking at BioPerl....
  • Commented on [FB]izzBuzz in Perl
    I quite like: say ("Fizz"x!($_%3)."Buzz"x!($_%5)or$_) for 1..100...
  • Commented on [FB]izzBuzz in Perl
    You can replace the first two tests with: !(%_ % 15) Or (slightly more self-documenting): !($_ % (3*5))...
  • Commented on How to put desired data & snaps in word .doc defined format from xls & snaps folder?
    I don't know of any Perl tools for manipulating Word documents. But you could search MetaCPAN for modules that support OpenOffice documents or RTF. Also, blogs.perl.org probably isn't the best place for questions like this. You might be better off...
  • Commented on Read/Write Web bag o links
    You couldn't make them actual links? So people could click on them....
  • Commented on Hi all i had tried to execute the following perl script to plot tha data but i am getting ocate object method add_chart via package Spreadsheet::WriteExcel error can u help this ...!!!
    @Jakob: I've deleted the spam entry that you mention. But I should point out that the site admins can't be guaranteed to see every discussion on the site, so you're better advised to use the "feedback" link (at the bottom...
  • Commented on Is this a place where I can get some technical input?
    As Shawn says, it's almost certainly because IIS isn't configured to know how to deal with CGI programs. Googling for "configure iis for cgi" gave a number of useful looking links. This one covers IIS 7. http://community.activestate.com/forum-topic/configuring-perl-iis-7-0...
  • Commented on New feature: front page pagination
    Hmm... I wonder how I did that. I don't remember doing it. But I'll certainly try to turn it off. Update: Looks like that's fixed. Apologies for the inconvenience....
  • Commented on Why I'm considering dropping Perlmonks
    I think it would be a shame if you were driven away from Perl Monks over this incident. It would be a shame because it would be one fewer voice of sanity against the frat-boy hordes. Attitudes like this need...
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  • andersonwalker729 commented on Truth about Booking.com

    It's not a match up when deals are compared to the advertised ones. Before booking it all appears reasonable, but as you proceed to payment directly it goes upward. The difficulty is that once you put in added expenses and duty, the prices are generally about the equal if not worse than the direct booking on hotel websites. You’d better try www.theholidayhotels.com

  • Matt S Trout (mst) commented on Some ideas for improving the community - The ANA initiative

    You appear to misunderstand how open source works. "we need" is irrelevant. Actions speak louder than words. Patches speak louder than suggestions. Some of the things on this list are a good idea, some aren't. However none of them will get done unless somebody does them.

    If you want to achieve something meaningful, do something instead of expending time and electrons blogging that something must be done.

    A few years back, I asked the perl.org sysadmins why there was no public repository and what I could do to arrange such a thing. Now there's a github organisation, and the si…

  • sheila.tanner35 commented on Truth about Booking.com

    I'm currently working on my CV, portfolio, and motivation letter so I can apply to Booking.com for the UX Designer position. I'm ok with the company having a bureaucratic environment; I survived nearly 13 years in the US military. If we could have fit in any more bureaucracy there, we would have made great honorary Volgons (H2G2 reference). Not to mention, the pay can't be any worse than my current pay for the same job. I always hear about how freelance work gives you more freedom, but in my experience working as part of a team is more conducive to an atmosphere of freedom. If hired,…

  • dean commented on Some ideas for improving the community - The ANA initiative

    I am impressed how much I totally agree with this post. Getting organized and building a great experience is hugely important.

    Its totally legitimate to say "if you see a problem, then fix it" - alas that isn't in and of itself empowering.

    Consider as evidence, the circumstances that exist such that metacpan and search.cpan.org exist.

    Building some frameworks around co-operation is hugely helpful in encouraging contribution. Github's business plan is based upon that, and is why its taken over from sourceforge (etc) so quickly.

    TPF should consider grants to d…

  • dulanjana commented on Truth about Booking.com

    Hi,

    We are interested in developing a site similar to booking.com please contact me via dulanjana@gmail.com to discuss further.

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