YAPC::Europe 2013—week minus 50

There are no dates for the YAPC::Europe 2013 announced yet but assuming a year contains 52 weeks and the conference is planned to happen in August, let's roughly estimate there are about 50 weeks before the conference. We'll just hot fix the numbering as soon as the dates are known.

So what's new about the conference. Believe me or not, we are not sitting and waiting for the end of June to start doing conference preparations :-) We've got intensive discussions in the mailing list to set up the roles among the organisers, launched internal wiki pages and made a brief research of some minor details.

In the following few weeks we will closely look at every of our seven venues that we have in mind. Just to list them:

Quote of the day

Chip Salzenberg:

According to John P. Linderman:

Barring some sort of formal definitions, the C code determines the language (pretty much what happened to trigger this whole thread) rather than the language determining the parser, and that just seems wrong.

WRT Perl 5, I’m afraid that horse is not only out of the barn, but has wandered off the ranch, joined a wild herd, and sired several foals.

#perl6 highlights for week ending 2012-09-01

I (raiph) have switched to selected highlights rather than an exhaustive summary and changed some other things. I'd appreciate comments from both #perl6 regulars and those who are just reading these reports saying whether or not these changes are an improvement over last week's report. (Alternatively gmail raiph.mellor.)





MetaCPAN-on-search.cpan.org update

I’ve uploaded a new version of the GreaseMonkey script I introduced in my last entry (to let you use search.cpan.org for searching but with links to MetaCPAN in the search results).

This version is updated for GreaseMonkey 1.0, and also includes a small link at the top right of a search results page which links to the same search on MetaCPAN:

var query = document.querySelector('input[type=text]').value;
if (query) {
    document.querySelector('.t4 small').insertAdjacentHTML('beforeend',' <a id="goto-metacpan">&#x2192; MetaCPAN</a>');
    var link = document.getElementById('goto-metacpan');
    var href = 'https://metacpan.org/search?q=' + encodeURIComponent(query);
    link.href = href.replace(/%20/g,'+');

Easily installable from userscripts.org. Share and enjoy.

Grant for Improving the Perl Debugger + New CPAN Distributions

First of all, I am glad to announce that the Perl Foundation grant committee has accepted my grant proposal for adding tests and refactoring the built-in perl debugger. Here is the announcement for which grant proposals were accepted. My grant manager for this grant is Alan Haggai Alavi, whom I've been talking with online and have collaborated on a few projects, so I'm really happy to work with him again.

I have already made some progress with the grant (and this post is part of it), and sent a log for Alan Haggai to post as a grant update.

That put aside, I'd now like to publicise some of the new distributions I have uploaded to CPAN, as I had some ideas for new ones, and am also contemplating making enough uploads to have 100 CPAN distributions or more:

Acceptable Community Standards

I've been lurking here for months - there are some serious experts that blog here, along with a few absolute newbies. I figured my experience level didn't matter. I could have blogged elsewhere too....But...

I'll admit that part of the reason I chose to write my blog here is due to the recent amount of posts I've seen over Sexual Harrassment and what it means to be a Member of a Community that has standards. The more voices in a community speak out, the more the community *is* those voices.

I won't post anything else about it - this isn't 'my community' in that I don't attend conferences, I don't go to meet ups or anything like this, I have a Perl Monks account but never log (every question I need to ask has already been asked!) I guess I'm making it my community by actively voicing my concern and opinion, and it would be nice to talk about perl problems with people who actually know perl!

Is this a place where I can get some technical input?

Hi everyone. It has been about 13 years since I last used Perl CGI. Recently, though, I was going through my old books and found an old Osborne Perl Reference guide and thought "Hey! I would mind having a brush up with Perl". Like the market place, I moved from Perl CGI to Classic ASP and then to .Net. One has to earn a living doesn't one? But I used to enjoy Perl. Thing is, I have just configured IIS 7 on a Windows 7 machine (running 32 bit version of Active Perl) and I am getting odd behaviour. I can open my browser, type in my local host website url (http://localhost/MyWebsite/Something.pl) and the request is picked up by the web server and returned. Problem is the the browser things its a download, prompts me to Run or Save. If I select Run it runs the script in a command window. This happens in all browsers so it must be an IIS issue. I have been through everything in IIS laboriously one setting at a time but can't see why this is happening. Does any of y'all have any idea why this might be happening? Cheers. Ray.

YAPC::EU 2012 - an organizers' view - Day 1

The day at the venue began at 7 a.m. and it was already very hot at that time. We did the final preparations at the registration desk and we made coffee. Then a lot of stuff was delivered: water, apple spritzer. We opened the doors at 9:30 a.m. and about 350 people came to the registration desk. They all get their name badges, their wifi credentials and a conference bag (thanks to Webfusion to sponsor the bags!) with the proceedings.

All people had to sign for the wifi credentials so the people had to wait in a queue a few minutes... But I think it worked quite well, because we started only 5 minutes late. At 10:35 Max opened YAPC::Europe 2012. After the opening session the host of next years' YAPC::Europe was announced: Kiev. Congratulations to the Kiev guys. We really look forward to next year!

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