Perl Teasing Challenge

Feeling about Perl what I feel almost makes me scream at other developers things like "why the f*ck are you using X language and not Perl?".
I 'think' this kind of approach would not be very productive in terms of giving my peers the opportunity to feel the same kind of enthusiasm I feel.

I want to ask you what should an efficient Perl Teasing Presentation include?

I have expressed my opinions in this blog post.
My post was inspired by Gabor Szabo's challenge to give a 4 hour Perl Presentation

Israeli & German Perl Workshop Survey Results

For those that follow the conference surveys, you'll be pleased to hear that I have now put the results of both the Israeli Perl Workshop and the German Perl Workshop online. These are the first events this year to take advantage of the surveys, although several more are to come.

This marks the second survey for the German Perl Workshop and notes some small differences, while it was the first for the Israeli Perl Workshop. I hope the future organisers can make use of the results and that they allow me to continue the surveys with these workshops next year, and for the years to come.

Although the Israeli Perl Workshop was in English this year, Gabor and I are hoping to be able to provide the survey in Hebrew next year. The German Perl Workshop marked the first survey not in English last year, and it helped to start building up a language pack, which can be used to plugin to the survey software. I plan to formalise this during the year, so that other events, using languages other than English, can still take advantage of the surveys.

Thanks to all the organisers and the survey participants for taking the time to respond to the questions. It is very much appreciated.

Cross-posted from Memoirs of a Roadie

Web Security 101

Michael Peters will be giving a talk at YAPC::NA 2012 described as:

Security is important in any programming environment but programming for the web has some unique possibilities and hazards. Most web programmers have little to no training in security and lots of web development is done by people who don’t wear a full-time developer hat. Add to this the fact that bad security on a web project can have very public, very embarassing, and sometimes legal consequences.

This talk will walk through the basics of web security without focussing too much on the particular tools that you choose. The concepts are universal, although most examples will be in Perl. We’ll also look at various attack vectors (SQL Injection, XSS, CSRF, and more) and see how you can avoid them. Whether you’re an experienced web developer (we all need reminding) or just starting out, this talk can help avoid being the next easy harvest of The Bad Guys.

[From the YAPC::NA Blog.]

Sets operations

To help some coworkers I whipped up a program to perform set operations in Perl. It's quite basic but it's been pretty effective so far and it's on github.

Sets are assumed to be files where each line is a different element. It is assumed that equal lines are either not present or can be filtered out with no consequence. The inner working assumes that at a certain point the input files are sorted, and in general the external sort program is used automatically, which limits the applicability in some platforms.

The three basic operations that are supported are union, intersection and difference.

# intersect two files, also with "intersect", "i",
# "I" (uppercase "i") and "^"
sets file1 & file2

# union of two files, also with "union", "u", "U",
# "v", "V" and "|"
sets file1 + file2

# subtraction of second file from first one, also
# with "minus", "less" and "\"
sets file1 - file2

Alien::Base Perl Foundation Grant Report Month 1

Once again I would like the thank the Perl Foundation for supporting me in my effort to provide a mechanism to ease the creation of Alien:: modules. Further I’d like to thank the many Perlers who have commented in various places that this project is of interest and that they are looking forward to providing that Alien:: module that they have always meant to write. This is exactly the response that I had hoped to receive.

Down to the details. This month I did a lot of work on Alien::Base; partially do the excitement about the grant and partially because our scientific camera was out for repairs, thus not much science going on in the lab. I hope to keep the pace high, but looking over the git log I’m not sure that they can be this productive! I’ll list some high points:

What I Learned Teaching Perl for Advocacy

John Napiorkowski will be giving a talk at YAPC::NA 2012 described as:

In Q4 2011 I taught an eight session class about Modern Perl, which was primarily aimed at people that are new to Perl but wanted to learn.

This is a presentation about what I learned from my students during that class.  I will review what they loved as well as what they found difficult.  The goal of my presentation will be to help those who want to teach Perl for fun and advocacy learn from my experience.  Additionally I think that the community can really benefit from understanding what is on the minds of people new to Perl.

[From the YAPC::NA Blog.]

ATGR (another tiny grant report)

I almost could repeat the last post, But in an effort not to be boring: here are the exciting parts. I turned over to do something almost daily. Sometimes not much, but it turned out that i discover this way some dark dark corners of the spec and the tablets as well that really need some attention. And its so much fun to come up with keywords in the #perl 6 channel present people never heard of.

Quaquaversally in Oslo

In a previous entry, I mentioned I will be giving a seminar for Oslo.pm next month: "Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine Programming In Multiple Topologically Connected Quantum-Relativistic Parallel Spacetimes...Made Easy!" .

The talk will be delivered at The Scotsman (2nd floor), Karl Johans gate 17 on Thursday 19 April, starting at 18:00. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

See Salve's blog posting or the Oslo.pm homepage for full details.

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