Zotero/Perl integration

Zotero is in my opinion the best solution to citation management available. It's a firefox/xulrunner based solution for collecting and maintaining bibliographic data and it's associated full text. Zotero has a cloud based API but also an internal (largely undocumented) Javascript API. I find the JS API much more interesting than the cloud API due to having total control over my data (and works offline etc etc...).

Two frustrations I've had with a lack of good alternative to the msword integration code, and problems with interacting with the internal…

... I like to push the pramalot ...

During a recent trip to Sydney I visited the Camelot Lounge. Nothing to do with small children, or arthurian legends, it contains much camel memorabilia. Being a very short train ride (two stops) from the OSDC venue, I thought it might be a good place to have a perl gathering as part of the conference. Apologies for poor quality of the the photos below, but you get thie idea. By the way their food is reasonably priced (pizza and pides), and tasty. ="http://www.flickr.com/sli…

Unusual uses for perl

The alternative title for this post would be Best Holiday Ever where I got to show my family some of the parts of Indonesia I visited as a child, and where we got to visit a hotel in a national park in Borneo in which my family has a business interest. In case you think this is a shameless plug, the vast majority of the income generated by the hotel goes back to the local people -- the investors are facilitators, for whom there may be a long term return.

Anyway, the point of my post was…

Final Perl Survey Grant Report

The final report for the Perl Survey is now available, after many delays. The report is fairly bare bones, but it should be sufficient for you to get a handle on the structure of the Perl community (or at least the sample who responded to the survey). I've gone for the approach that I'm presenting salient findings, rather than overwhelming you with detail.

There is a lot of data summarised in this report, and rather than producing a long turgid document with every possible analysis that I can think of, I thought t…

Fun with recursive anonymous subroutines

I'm doing lots of work with representing stuff stored in the file system as trees at the moment as part of my toolkit for open source qualitative research software.

One of the things I need to do (for making reports) is to transform this:

 [ [qw/foo bar/],
   [qw/a b /],
   [qw/x y/], ];

into this tree structure:

   'foo' => {
       'some_data' => 'lvl0',
       'children' => {'a' => {
           'some_data' => 'lvl1',
           'children' …