November 2012 Archives

Announcement for Sereal, a binary data serialization format, finally live!

It's been long in the making, but finally, I've gotten the Sereal announcement article in a shape that I felt somewhat comfortable with publishing. Designing and implementing Sereal was a true team effort and we really hope to see non-Perl implementations of it in the future. We're virtually committed to finish the Java decoder at least for our data-warehousing infrastructure. Any help and cooperation is welcome, as are patches to improve the actual text of the specification (which is kind of a weak point still).

By the way, for those who worried about the lack of a comment-system on the dev blog before, we've added Disqus-support.

But now, I'm just glad it's out there! dev blog goes live!

I'm proud to echo the announcement that the dev blog has just gone live. Quoting the announcement: is an online hotel reservations company founded during the hey-days of the dot com era in the 90s. The product offering was initially limited to just the Dutch market. We grew rapidly to expand our offerings to include 240,000+ accommodations in 171 countries used by millions of unique visitors every month - numbers which continue to grow every single day. With such growth come interesting problems of scalability, design and localisation which we love solving every day.

The blog is kicked off with just a quick, humble article of mine on a debugging module that I published after needing the functionality at work. In a given code location, it allows you to find where in the code base the current set of signal handlers were set up. We plan to publish new content regularly and have a few interesting stories already lined up. So stay tuned!

About Steffen Mueller

user-pic Physicist turned software developer. Working on Infrastructure Development at Apparently the only person who thinks the perl internals aren't nearly as bad as people make them. See also: the tech blog, CPAN.