April 2010 Archives

Poll: What is the primary operating system you use for developing Perl applications?

I already ran two quick polls about IDE usage in the Perl community.
Let me run a new one asking What is the primary operating system you use for developing Perl applications?. I'd appreciate if you invested 5 secs to answer it.

News coverage of the release of Perl 5.12

the latest version of perl was released 4 days ago. It was interesting to see how it was reported on various channels.

Some were sort-of comparing it to Perl 6. Others wrote that it does not have major changes just a few bug fixes. Some wrote that The Perl Foundation announces it, others were stressing the release of ActivePerl 5.12 by ActiveState.

In any case I'd be interested to collect the news coverage about the r…

Writing tests by non-programmers

I constantly see requests from companies to allow non-programmers to write automated tests. I also see products that allow this on various levels of sophistication. Every such tool also requires some programming in a high level language. Sometimes that is VB Script or .NET or Java. It is rarely Perl.

By the time the customer understand that they need a lot of extra programming they have already invested a lot of money and time so they won't switch to another solution even if that saved them a lot of money and time.

So I though I might try to reinvent this wheel. The idea would…

Distributing applications via CPAN

CPAN is a very good system to distribute libraries we call packages or modules. What about applications? There is a section on CPAN that was supposed to distribute scripts but it never took off. Is CPAN ready to be used to distribute applications? If not, what is missing?


For Padre, which is a desktop application, we use CPAN as our primary way of distributing the source code. You can install it by just typing cpan Padre That's OK, bu…

About Gabor Szabo

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