Salt Lake Perl Mongers welcome Damian Conway, August 1st

Salt Lake Perl Mongers, with help from Bluehost, and Utah Open Source are pleased to announce a special presentation by Damian Conway:

Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine Programming In Multiple Topologically Connected Quantum-Relativistic Parallel Spacetimes...Made Easy!

Now who could miss that?! (It is free, after all.)

Date: Thursday, August 1st at 7:15pm…

A call to action for CPAN authors

CPAN authors should look at the smoke tests for their modules to ensure that they're passing on Perl 5.18. The hash randomization change (and a few others) has bitten many a module that may currently be relying on undefined hash behavior. If you haven't checked your modules recently, you may be in for a surprise.

The problem is significant, especially when compounded by the fact that a single misbehaving module can block many more modules that may depend on it.

As an example (not to finger-point, but just to illustrate): Crypt::DES, Crypt::IDEA, Crypt::Blowfish, and…

A call to Salt Lake City prospective Perl Mongers

I have enjoyed actively participating in the Los Angeles Perl Mongers and Thousand Oaks Perl Mongers groups, but recently relocated to Salt Lake City, UT. So, what stands between Salt Lake City and a Perl Mongers group? You (you know who you are). Anyone interested in participating in a Perl Mongers group in Salt Lake City, please follow-up here or get in touch with me via email.

A request has been submitted to the folks at for a mailing list, a hosted site, and a link to the main map page. Since those nuts and bolts are fastened by volunteers…

Bytes::Random::Secure -- A no-fuss CSPRNG.

There are a lot of contributions on CPAN that fill one niche or another with respect to pseudo-randomness generation. What is hard to find is a solution that provides cryptographically secure pseudo random number generation, reliable and strong seeding, a light-weight dependency chain, and cross platform compatibility through a wide range of operating systems and Perl versions.

Bytes::Random::Secure is one of those modules that gets written to fill a personal need, and then begins to take on a broader life of …

Creating a Perl web application on dotCloud

I've been working on a project for a client that is being hosted on dotCloud. And as part of the process I have spent a good deal of time familiarizing myself with this PaaS provider. My experiences thus far have been quite positive. I've found dotCloud to be highly receptive to working with Perl developers, and they seem to value building a relationship with the Perl community.

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to Thousand Oaks Perl Mongers, and last night another presentation to Los Angeles Perl Mongers discussing using dotCloud with Perl…