I learn something about tell(), then abuse it.

I learned a new thing today, or remembered a forgotten one. I can use tell to affect the file handle that $. uses.

It all started very simply. I was going too far in my answer to How do I add the elements of a file to a second one as columns using Perl?, a question I found by looking for the most down voted open questions without an accepted answer. As usual, I thought the answer would be easy. And, for the most part it was.

Then …

How should conference speakers be compensated?

Curtis Poe, one of the top presenters in the world of Perl (and testing and ...) recently posted How Do Conference Speakers Get Compensated? in LinkedIn. There had been a bit of a kerfuffle on the YAPC Europe Conference Organizers mailing list after some mail that would have been better handled in private email.

CPAN Workshop in Houston at cPanel

I'm giving my CPAN workshop at cPanel* in Houston on Thursday July 31 at 7pm. In this workshop, you can go from nothing to releasing a CPAN distribute in a couple of hours. We'll go through the entire process using an actual distribution you create and uploading to a live server. You may even get actual CPAN Testers results by the end of the night.

If you plan to be there, make certain that you request a PAUSE account ahead of time.

If you'd like to participate in ="http://blogs.perl.org/users/neilb/2014…

European Perl Tour 2014, getting real

Sawyer and I want to do the European Perl Tour, and we have to start making real plans and arrangements.

Our idea is to travel to anywhere people want to hear us talk about Perl (or whatever) toward the end of summer around YAPC::EU and the Swiss Perl Workshop.

Let's delete 10,000 files from CPAN

This week, let's delete 10,000 (decimal) files from CPAN. Thanks to Ricardo, we're almost a tenth of the way there.


We're a month into spring and some of the world just celebrated Earth Day, so it's time for the thousands of PAUSE authors to each delete one old distribution (which is three files in your …