April 2006 Archives

Josh McAdams and Pete Krawczyk have just released the YAPC::NA 2006 schedule on the conference website. This year there will be four rooms of talks going on for the three days of the conference. We are lucky enough to have both Larry Wall and Damian Conway giving keynote addresses. Of course, there will be a lot of Perl 6, Pugs, and Parrot talks, was well as the usual barrage of Perl 5 goodness.

Some other items of interest that aren't on the schedule include a Perl 6 hack-a-thon immediately following the conference, as well as, open classes taught by Damian Conway, brian d foy, and Randal Schwartz. You can find out more at the YAPC Chicago website.

Allison posted the Artistic License 2.0 public review announcement to use.perl.org today.

Part of the Perl 6 RFC process in 2000 identified the need to update the
Artistic License (RFCs 211 and 346). From 2000-2001, a group of interested Perl users on the perl6-licenses mailing list worked on a first draft of an updated Artistic License. In 2003, The Perl Foundation started an extensive review process with independent legal counsel and with a representative sample of companies and organizations who use and distribute Perl. We're starting the final stage now: a public review open to all.

The goal of the license update is to preserve Larry Wall's original intent, while making the meaning clearer both to lawyers and to users. We've also added a Contributor License Agreement to document the relationship between contributors, users, and TPF. You'll find the latest drafts of the Artistic 2.0 and the Contributor License Agreement in the legal section of the TPF website.

If you have any questions or comments, or just want to follow the conversation, please subscribe to the mailing list by sending a message to artistic2-subscribe {at} perl {dot} org.

After 5 years of work, we're excited to reach this point. Thanks to everyone who contributed along the way!

Something I think we can all do in the Perl community is help spread the knowledge of how to use this marvelous tool. There are so many layers to the onion, and some people may only know about the outermost layer.

The other day I saw an entry in Erica Sadun's blog where she'd hacked together a quick Perl program for some user interaction that then generates URLs and fires up Safari. It worked, but it wasn't a good example of good Perl.

So I cleaned it up a bit, using a more readable hash constructor, proper regex matching, and of course added "use warnings" and "use strict" for ease of future maintenance. I then sent a nice, non-pushy email to Erica saying "Here's an updated version that you might be interested in. Here's what I updated, and why, and how it's useful to you as a programmer."

Erica was very appreciative, and posted the new version. Now we have some improved code out there, in a pretty visible place.

Here's the latest status update for Nicholas Clark's Improve Perl 5 grant. As usual, he's gotten quite a bit done.

The Pittsburgh Perl Mongers are pleased to announce The PITTSBURGH PERL WORKSHOP, a one-day, low-cost conference on Saturday, September 23, 2006. This year's theme is "Perl at Work."

The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop is modeled after the highly successful Perl workshops held in Europe over the last several years. The day is designed to provide you with a comfortable, exciting, and enjoyable learning experience.

The Workshop will be held at Carnegie Mellon University. There is free, on-campus parking within walking distance. The CMU campus is located in Oakland, part of Pittsburgh's wonderful East End.

You can register online at the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop website. Be sure to register during the "Early Bird" period in order to reserve your seat at $20 or less. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The organizers of the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop invite you to tell us what "Perl at Work" means to you. If you have a hard-working CPAN module, a sweat-inducing case study, a smarter way to get work done with Perl, or anything at all to say about "Perl At Work," we want to hear from you.

A recent thread in the London.pm mailing list got people saying that they wanted to donate some time to The Perl Foundation, but didn't know where their efforts could be used.

Here are two places to start:

  • Jim Brandt, who organized YAPC::NA 2004 in Buffalo, is looking for volunteers to help with a Perl-based conference system. See his TPF blog post for details.
  • I'm looking for someone to write up a PR piece that we can publish about Coverity's source code analysis of the Perl 5 source. There's already been an article about it from Coverity's point of view, but I'd like to have something where we can talk about how we, as the Perl community, are working with Coverity. It'd be a bit of research, and some PR-ish/newsy writing. I'd really like to encourage other companies to work with TPF. Email at andy at petdance.com if you're interested.

Thanks for your interest!

Every year the group of past recipients gives out three new White Camel Awards to recognize a few of the many people who give their time and energy to help the Perl community.

Since we don't know nearly as many of the contributors and contributions as we'd like, we are looking for input on who should be considered.

Keywords: Community service (not code). Unsung heroes better than well known ones (but don't let that stop you from nominating).

Send your suggestions to [email protected].

Past recipients are listed on the White Camel section of perl.org

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