a VIPs YAPC::NA 2010 notes

YAPC::NA 2010 Technology Overview

I am new to the Perl community. This is an overview of the the technology I found interesting in the talks I attended at YAPC::NA 2010 http://yapc2010.com/.



  • minicpan - create or update a local mirror
  • dpan - maintain a darkpan for company logic
  • local::lib - setup local install paths for module install
  • mcpani - maintain a mini mirror
  • perlbrew - Perl environment manager
  • Dist::Zilla - minimizing the amount of time you spend writing repeatitive code increases maintainability
  • Strawberry Perl - Perl5 for windows
  • git - popular distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency
  • Devel::REPL - a modern Perl interactive shell


  • Test::Builder - singleton module for creating TAP compliant test modules
  • Test::More - adds very useful tools on top of standard Test modules
  • Fennec - Full Featured Testing Toolbox And Development Kit
  • Tree::DAG_Node - dependency graphing


  • Data::Show - parses source to give variable and line numbers on dumping statements
  • Devel::NYTProf - Powerful fast feature-rich Perl source code profiler

Object Oriented Programming

Other Cool Modules

  • Regexp::Grammars - Perl6 grammar-like syntax for Perl5. Sill BETA. Managed to segfault it, filling perlbug soon
  • IO::Prompter - comprehensive command line prompting with history and state information built in
  • App::Padre - editor written in Perl
  • Try::Tiny - minimal try/catch with proper localization of $@
  • Reflex - - Rocco Caputo's new event driven system build on top of POE,
    still BETA,
    time to play!


  • to all the teachers and organizers that spend their time helping the Perl community
  • to all the Perl hackers willing to learn,
    willing to research and unwilling to accept "not possible!".
  • to Pod::Simple::HTML for converting this Pod document to html

    I wanted to try writting my blog entries with Pod.
    The blog entry you are currently reading probably has a familiar format.
    It was written in Pod and converted to html with Pod::Simple::HTML.

    My first attempt to convert this document to HTML I could post on http://blogs.perl.org/ failed. I was trying to use pod2html that comes with Perl. It kept converting the module names to something like /Try/Tiny.pm before it would prepend it to my --htmlroot option. I'm trying to set the --htmlroot option to http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?. So I'm not sure what the solution is to get my links correct. If you know the solution, ping me.

    The next thing I tried was Pod::Xhtml. The formatting just isn't very nice. It uses <dt> for list items instead of <li>. It just leaves the * in the place you put it for the list item. It does not handle numbered lists correctly. So, I moved on.

    Lastly, I tried Pod::Simple::HTML. This module worked for me with one problem. The html it produces, although valid, has new lines in strange places. It looked something like this:

        <li><a href="http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?Devel%3A%3AREPL" class="podlinkpod"
        >Devel::REPL</a> - a modern Perl interactive shell</li>

    <h2><a class='u' href='#___top' title='click to go to top of document'

    This is fine, however the code on http://blogs.perl.org/ would break trying to parse this. Maybe a missing /s regexp modifier. So now I am using a modified Pod::Simple::HTML without the new lines inside html elements. Would always love to hear a better solution.

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Thanks for sharing this, I'm sending your notes around to my group. --John

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