Why Companies Turn Me Down For Contracts

My current contract is lovely. I'm having a lot of fun and the environment is awesome. However, it's a short contract. I took it, in part, because it was a problem space I wanted to do more work in. Because it's a short contract I'm already working on negotiating my next contract (a perpetual hobby for freelancers), but I thought I'd experiment with a different approach: asking you to reach out to me. If you think I can help your company and you're not in a position to hire me directly, go to those who are and talk to them. If you want to hire me or one of the talented developers who works with me, drop me a line (I can't guarantee that I'm available, but you never know). If this approach works, I can do more work on open source or Veure instead of spending all of my "between" time negotiating contracts.

That being said, I don't always get contracts I negotiate for and sometimes I turn them down. However, if you're an individual considering freelancing, I thought it worth discussing some of the obstacles I've faced.

Dear Perl lazyweb: how to construct read-only data objects out of JSON?

I recently updated a client called WebService::Geocodio for the Geocod.io geocoding service. Traditionally, geocoding means turning a mailing address into latitude/longitude coordinates (or the reverse operation, turning latitude/longitude into a mailing address.)

In a recent update of the upstream service they included the ability to fetch additional data fields including timezone, congressional district, school district and so forth. Is there a good CPAN module (or a recommendation) to take a Perl data structure like a hash and turn it into a Moo(::Lax) object "automagically?" I had a look but I didn't find anything especially suitable.

These data structures are purely informational in nature and just have getters for their attribute names. This would be less difficult to accomplish using Moose (obviously) but I'm wondering if there are any suggestions for something that installs getters for hash keys dynamically and is Moo-friendly.


\r, \n, and ... \R ?

It's common knowledge that on Windows, a line of text generally ends with a \r\n characters sequence, and on a POSIX system a line of text will end with \n.

Less well known is Perl's support for the escape sequence '\R'.

What's \R?

It's definitely not the inverse of \r.

It's a pattern (so for now its only useful in regexes) that matches Unicode's TR-13, The Unicode Consortium's guidelines for what counts as a newline. It's useful in a regular expression to match \r, \n, \r\n, or a few other character sequences that are used to represent newlines, so you don't have to remember them. It's worth noting that it is a character sequence, not a character, so it doesn't really make sense in a bracketed character class.

Plinking Away Part the Second

In my last post I identified three MooseX modules that might help me out and end the perhaps some tedious typing and bring a more structure design into my ADD game. The first of this is MooseX::Abstract::Factory.

Despite its name it does not actually create 'Abstract' classes in the sense of a class that cannot be instantiated like a 'Java Abstract Class'. I guess what they mean is a 'Factory that is Abstract' i.e. not tied to any one class or name-space.

Still Plinking Away, Part the First

So of you might remember this post some weeks ago where I came up with a huge org-chart of all the different roles they I thought i would need for may AD&D characters.

Well I was just now getting into the actual instantiation of characters and having them do something well I ran into a number of differing choices that I sort of discussed here on this post. I found that the visitor pattern worked very well for character creation (that one is almost all wrapped up) now that I am getting to the other side of the game I have t0 make a choice of which design or pattern to use.

Custom DBIx::Class ResultSets

On my personal blog I wrote about Veure, an MMORPG that I'm writing in Perl. I followed that up with a post about the roadmap to an invite-only alpha. It's a lot of work, but my company has now decided to commit to it and figure out how to finance the work. This browser game is huge in intended scope, but fortunately, Perl has given me the power to get much of it done quickly. In fact, according to my private Veure github repo, I now have 17% of the ALPHA tasks done. That's up from 0% when I posted the roadmap a little over a week ago. In short, progress is fast.

Currently I'm working on character combat and that's where custom DBIx::Class resultsets have made my life easier.

List of Running Grants

We maintain a list of the running/completed grants at www.perlfoundation.org.

Looking at the running grants list, there's one thing I can clearly say: We need more grants!

In the next few blog entries, I'd like to discuss the efforts we made and we will make so that the grants program is more useful for the community.

One Moose, Many Mooses, or is that Mise?

Now that I am getting into the game play part of AD&D I am finding there are more and more times where I want to keep a record of some attribute not just a running total.

For example after a successful encounter experience for monsters killed or defeated (making them run away is defeating them) and the value of all treasure taken in gold peices is summed and then split evenly across all party members, including henchmen and friendly NPC, who actively engaged in the encounter as Expreriance Points or EP for short.

Well a running tally for each player is needed, as well player always like to look back and see how bad ass they are so a history of encounters is needed, as well players like to know how many monsters they whacked in an encounter and of course the list goes on.

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