Automating Stratopan Releases with Dist::Zilla

I recently started using Jeffrey Thalhammer's excellent Stratopan to manage CPAN dependencies for a new Perl project. I had played a little with Stratopan before, but now that I'm starting to get some use out of it, I am even more impressed with Jeffrey's work.

Stratopan allows you to create your own CPAN-like site in the cloud, which you can use to maintain a stable basket of dependencies for your project. You won't have to worry about new versions of distributions sneaking onto your private CPAN and breaking your stuff. Even better, you can upload your own, private CPAN-like distributions, and now you have the entire CPAN toolchain available to manage your internal codebase.

Read more at my blog: Automating Stratopan Releases with Perl's Dist::Zilla

Removing Boilerplate with Import::Into

use feature 'signatures';
use feature 'postderef';
no warnings 'experimental::signatures';
no warnings 'experimental::postderef';

That can be abbreviated a bit by passing a list to feature and just turning off the entire experimental class of warnings:

use fe…

MongoDB wants Perl programmers

If you love Perl and are interested in MongoDB, we want to hire you. Feel free to drop me a line at if you're interested, or take a look at the official posting here. The full job description is below.

Floating Points Podcast: Perl and MongoDB

I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the folks at Huffington Post to talk a little bit about Perl and MongoDB and my work as an engineer slash evangelist for the MongoDB community. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the experience immensely. You can listen to the podcast below or check out prior episodes at the Floating Points page.

What's the difference between arrays and lists?

One of the most common sources of confusion for new Perl programmers is the difference between arrays and lists. Although they sometimes look similar, they are very different things, and many bugs and misunderstandings are caused by not having a full understanding of the differences. Even experienced Perl programmers sometimes think arrays and lists are the same, but they are quite different in several important ways.

Read more at my blog: Arrays vs. Lists in Perl: What's the Difference?

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