It was bound to happen.

While I don't actually work in Perl these days, and not by choice, I still keep an eye on the community. The language is chugging along nicely. Perl 6 is out, so at least that joke has died down, features are being added, some beneficiary, some not. All is well in perland.

Then the news dropped. Perl 7. I was very interested. More so when I realised that it was a rebranding of the latest Perl. First, let me say one thing right off the bat. It's a good call. I'm all for it. In fact, I'm so all for it that ="…

Is there in truth no Perl?

While working on my Tel talk about DBIx::Class talk (more to follow on that), I met an acquaintance of mine from a deceased start-up I worked on a few years back. We chatted a bit, he said he's still writing in C/C++ (mainly GUI stuff), and when I mentioned I work with Perl nowadays, he said "Oh, I love Perl, I wish there were other languages like it". I, as usual, remarked that there are the Pythons, and even PHPs of the world, and he surprised me by saying "no, I mean really like Perl".

What he, and now I, mean, is not Perl as a "dynamic l…

Rewriting the language

Not Perl, mind you, I'm not in that area (yet?). But some key terms I keep hear buzzing around, and, in the tradition of starting the Christmas season in late July, I'll begin my Festivus preparation with some minor Airing of Grievances.

It was bound to happen - Perl numbrenclature

Here's what happened.

Why don't they contribute to open source projects

Recently, on the list Gabor Szabo wrote:

In a recent poll conducted by Elizabeth Naramore people were asked why they don't contribute to open source projects?

He also linked, at the bottom, to Shlomi Fish's article about How to start contributing to or using Open Source Software.

Both ar…