For some time now, I am a Dancer contributor. It all started in the last Christmas (everything in the Perl community start or end at Christmas time), with Dancer Advent Calendar.
Getting a little behind... I tried to learn to use Catalyst some time ago, reading a Packt Publishing book and found at that time that the book was already outdated. Unfortunately that is standard in Technology, and the books that keep up to date for some time are the ones that focus the foundations of computer science, and not the technology itself. It didn't work. Probably I was not tuned to the MVC model, or I didn't have a concrete project where to test Catalyst.
Programs, modules, and distributions are different things, but we are often loose with the language. In CPANizing Behavior and Democratizing Publishing, chromatic conflates two issues that are really only loosely connected: making modules and releasing code as a Perl distribution.
Distributions are merely the unit of things we give away. A Perl distribution has a conventional structure, and usually contains modules. However, there's no requirement that it contain any modules. It doesn't even have to contain Perl code. It's quite easy to distribute a non-module Perl program in a Perl distribution. The major installers handle it just fine. You can even extend the installers right from the distribution, doing almost anything you wanted.
A few days back I stumbled on this blog post about increasing your intelligence and the Dual N Back task
I had a dot cloud invite that I had not used and I wanted to learn some HTML5 and looking around there did not seem to be a N-back version in HTML5 (most of them use flash) so I created a web app Bodhi . The intent is that this app works on the browser as well as mobile devices ( at least iPad). This is the initial version and I am looking for some feedback on improving this or adding some more tasks.
I am pretty impressed with the dot cloud infrastructure, it's easy to get started and deploying is simple.
After a long 3 months or so, Padre 0.86 has been rolled up and released into the wild.
0.86 comes with a warning that there are still some lumps to be smoothed out, but with that it also comes with a newer version of Scintilla which means better support of Perl.
Thanks to the efforts of Ahmad Zawawi and Mark Dootson, who you often see in the Perl Wx mailing list, this version of Padre now supports an updated version of the Scintilla text editor/control. You can enable the new Scintilla by setting the feature_wx_scintilla configuration parameter in Padre's Tools / Preferences / Advanced dialog.
The process of organizing my summer speaking tours is often NP-complete, with too many possible events competing to fit into too few available timeslots.
So it's a refreshing change, this year, to find myself with an entire unused week, during which I definitely need to be in Europe, but could be anywhere in Europe. The week in question is August 7-11 (i.e. the week immediately before YAPC::EU).
Normally I would just arrive at the conference venue a week early, lock myself in my hotel room, and hack for 168 hours straight...but this year I thought I might try something different. So I'm putting out an invitation to the entire European Perl community: make use of me for a week!
The idea is simple: anybody anywhere in Europe is welcome to contact me with a suggestion/proposal for occupying my time from August 7 to August 11.
Following a couple of issues raised recently, I have updated the CPAN Testers Wiki and the CPAN Testers Blog sites.
Primarily the updates for the Wiki site concentrated on user management, and the ability to register as a new user. There is still a problem with sending UTF8 mail, but mail itself should be working for anyone who has forgotten their password. The most obvious change though is that we have now changed to use Gravatars for the images used in user profiles. This falls in line with many other Perl & CPAN sites, which have standardised on using the Gravatar service.
For the Blog site, although user management has been improved, the updates were mostly for image management. For regular readers, its unlikely you will notice much change, but pages should render a little quicker now.