Shuck & Awe #5: Hunting for Perl

Posted in: Technical Track
[[email protected] shuck]$  perl -MWWW::Robot
my $robot = WWW::Robot->new( 
    NAME => 'shuck', VERSION => 0.1, EMAIL => '[email protected]' );
$robot->addHook( 'follow-url-test' => sub { 1 } );
$robot->addHook( 'invoke-on-contents' => sub { print $_[5] if rand() > 0.5 } );
$robot->run( '' );

First, Inigo Tejedor reminds us that we have until Thursday June 3rd (yes, tomorrow) to fill out the Perl programming survey. If you haven’t done so already, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog entry right now and go do your duty. No, seriously, go!

And no peeking back until you’re done!

… so, survey’s filled out? Good. Now we can continue.

Marcus Ramberg echoes an IRC chat announcing that DBIx::Class is switching its official repository from svn to git.

Jared contests the claim that the choice of a language ultimately makes little difference.

Dave Rolsky presents his views on the advantages and pitfalls of using Dist::Zilla.

Ovid is showing us how to calculate the Roman date of a most happy event.

The results are in for the hair color and talk that Matt S. Trout will have to adopt as a penalty for failing the Perl Ironman contest. His hair will be dyed a pristine snow-white, and his talk will be about how Module::Build is better than ExtUtils::MakeMaker, and how does this reflect on the design of Perl 7 and the fact that PHP is the future of web development, which will tie in in the historic review of MVCs, from Pacman to Django, with mention that patches are indeed welcome, and that — by the by — ferrets are an excellent source of (ferrety) food, perhaps due to the fact that Apple is the devil incarnate, which is not a reason to use cognitive science to improve HTML::Zoom’s usability. It is a safe bet to say that the show is definitively going to be worth the admission price.

A silly little trick, but perhaps unknown to some: Andy Lester shows the easy way to shuffle a list in Perl.

Ashley Pond V has a success story about how Perl and DBIx::Class saved his AdSense account from the Puritan mob.

fREW Schmidt shares a quick trick on how to sync with multiple git repositories with a single git push all.

Curtis Jewell let us know that the new Strawberry July 2010 Beta 1 is out.

Paul Evans began with weakening references in his code, and ended up seeing weasels crawling all over his objects.

Adam Kennedy reports a most flattering quote coming from Rob Mensching, the creator of Windows Installer XML and the WiX toolkit.

David Wheeler does a little bit of PGAN bikeshedding. Which wouldn’t be that noteworthy until you realize that PGAN is a PostgreSQL extension distribution system based on CPAN — for anyone using PostgreSQL and knowing the power of CPAN, that should be enough to trigger a few dreamy “ooooooh”s.

You want to develop a modern Perl web application, but can’t find a hosting company that lets you have the environment to do so? Patrick Donelan might have a very enticing proposition for you with his shared hosting project.

[[email protected] shuck]$ perl -E'sleep 2 * 7 * 24 * 60 * 60 # see y'all in 2 weeks!'
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