August 2013 Archives

Anyone miss Mojolicious' memorize helper?

Mojolicious’s 4.0 release came with lots of shiny features but it also came with a lot of housecleaning. One of the old things swept away was the memorize helper, which would cache a part of a template and prevent its repeated evaluation. Do you miss it, as some users undoubtedly do, or else does this helper sound useful to you? Then read on, because its back and better than ever!

Come see me at YAPC::Brazil!

I love open source programming. I’m continually humbled to see even the small impacts that my contributions to the Perl community have made for fellow programmers around the world. Mostly my use of Perl has been to write a complex simulation and the tools that it uses to simulate the dynamics of electron bunches in an Ultrafast Electron Microscope column, which is the subject of my recent Ph.D. thesis. So while I have enjoyed sharing my work both here and at the 2012 YAPC::NA I never would have expected that my name would mean too much in the greater Perl world.

That is why I was most surprised and humbled to receive an email not too long ago from Felipe Leprevost, a fellow scientist, Perler and organizer for this year’s YAPC::Brazil. They have chosen this year’s theme to be “The Scientific Universe,” and what a great topic it is! Perl is used by scientists around the world from astronomy to bioinformatics and yes, even in instrumentation physics, to further the pursuit of knowledge and scientific discovery.

I’m honored to announce that I have been asked to give the keynote address. I intend to use this great opportunity to discuss the use of Perl and open source software in science. Please see my abstract below.

I want to thank the organizers for this chance. I also want to invite all of you, whether scientist, programmer, or other enthusiast, to come to Curitiba this November 15-16, to enjoy what I’m sure will be a fine discussion of science and Perl. I especially want to extend a welcome to those of you in big data fields, even those outside of a scientific discipline, because big data is the way of the future for all science.

I hope to see you there!

About Joel Berger

user-pic As I delve into the deeper Perl magic I like to share what I can.