March 2009 Archives

Grants updates:

  • Port PyYAML to Perl -- Ingy döt Net
    Ingy update: YAML-Perl is progressing nicely. I just uploaded 0.02 to CPAN and github.
    http://tinyurl.com/co6h6h details the current status and basic todo list.
    Basically the porting is winding down and all the basic stuff is working properly. The Parser is completely ported.
    In fact, all the classes are completely ported except: Emitter - 3 more methods; Resolver - 5 more methods
    I could just port these but I want to find failing tests first as I have with all the other code.
    My goal for this week is to port all the PyYAML test code to Perl. Thus far I've just been writing my own new tests, which is good, but I should use the existing suite as well. Hopefully the existing tests will exercise all the remaining few unported methods.
  • Fixing Bugs in the Archive::Zip Perl Module -- Alan Haggai Alavi
    Alan has integrated Unicode filename support into the OO interface and has added named argument support to all methods. (Woo!) He's found a bug, though, that has prevented him from committing his most recent changes. He will have exams for much of the month of April, and will probably not be making any headway until after that.
  • Extending BSDPAN -- Colin Smith
    Grant cancelled due to grantee silence.
  • Test::Builder 2 -- Michael G Schwern
    Michael update: Things have been stalled on interface design problems with the critically important ok() method, but I gave a talk about it at PDX.pm this week and cleared a major block that allows me to move forward again. http://groups.google.com/group/test-more-users/browse_thread/thread/316f43b6b668393d
  • Perl cross-compilation for linux and wince -- Vadim Konovalov
    No updates.
  • Tcl/Tk access for Rakudo -- Vadim Konovalov
    No updates.
  • Perl Survey -- Kieren Diment
    Still on hiatus.
  • Mojo Documentation Project -- Sebastian Riedel
    Sebastian is back after his hiatus. His update:
    I've already started outlining the new manual, chapters are quite solid, just sections might still change a bit. Guess it shouldn't be very hard to track progress by chapters written.
  • Embedding perl into C++ applications -- Leon Timmermans
    No update.
  • Moose docs -- Dave Rolsky
    Dave update: I still need to write two more cookbook recipes for Moose. I've taken a break from that to start working on API docs. I'm about halfway through writing comprehensive API docs for Class::MOP.
  • Integrating Padre with Parrot and Rakudo -- Gabor Szabo
    Grant cancelled by grantee request.
  • Improving learn.perl.org -- Eric and Tina
    No updates.
  • A lightweight web framework for Perl 6 -- Ilya, Carl and Stephen
    They've started work - see http://github.com/masak/web and will be blogging individually about the project at:
    • Ilya: http://perl6.ru
    • Stephen: http://blogs.gurulabs.com/stephen/
    • Carl: http://use.perl.org/~masak/journal/

Google Summer of Code 2009

We are delighted to announce that TPF has been accepted as a mentoring organization for this year's Google Summer of Code. We would like to thank everyone involved, especially Jonathan Leto for all his hard work in coordinating this project.

If you are a student, and would like more information on taking part, please read Jonathan's article on applying for GSoC with The Perl Foundation.

YAPC|10

The dates and pricing for the tenth annual YAPC::NA have been announced. This year's conference will be held at at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on from June 22nd through June 24th. Registration is open with early bird pricing happening now. Also, the call for papers is open through Friday, 24 April 2009.

The Yet Another Perl Conference is a high-quality, inexpensive technical conference with its roots in the Perl Mongers user groups. The conference celebrates the Perl programming language and is meant to be accessible to anyone, regardless of experience, yet valuable to even the most skilled of programmers. Each year the conference attracts hundreds of programmers from around the world.

This year, the Perl community celebrates the 10th Anniversary of YAPC at YAPC|10. See you there.

Gabor grant on integrating Padre and Parrot was cancelled. Gabor explains why in his blog. Note that this does not mean that this integration will not be done, or that TPF will not fund it. It just means that at this point Gabor does not have the time to deliver the grant on time.

Running Grants (2009-V)

Grants updates:

  • Port PyYAML to Perl -- Ingy döt Net
    Ingy update: YAML::Perl is really coming together. Over 95% of the code is ported. I only port code once I have a failing test written to exercise that code. Just need to figure out how to tickle the other 5%.
    I plan on putting a big push in this weekend to get a release candidate version of YAML::Perl onto CPAN.
    The code rally is working quite well, and can parse tons of stuff the old YAML.pm could not. But still needs a bit more work before I can call it done.
    Then I plan to start writing lots of user doc, so that people know how to use the great new features.
  • Fixing Bugs in the Archive::Zip Perl Module -- Alan Haggai Alavi
    No updates.
  • Extending BSDPAN -- Colin Smith
    No updates.
  • Test::Builder 2 -- Michael G Schwern
    No updates.
  • Perl cross-compilation for linux and wince -- Vadim Konovalov
    No updates.
  • Tcl/Tk access for Rakudo -- Vadim Konovalov
    No updates.
  • Perl Survey -- Kieren Diment
    No updates.
  • Mojo Documentation Project -- Sebastian Riedel
    On hiatus until March 14th
  • Embedding perl into C++ applications -- Leon Timmermans
    Leon update: Done some work on importing pp_match from perl into my code and on the type conversion code. Spent most of my time on my presentation for this Friday though. I'll be putting it online soon.
  • Moose docs -- Dave Rolsky
    Dave update: I'm working writing the new recipes I discussed in the
    grant application. So far I've released Roles recipe 3 (applying a role
    to an object), Basics recipe 11 (BUILDARGS and BUILD). I've also checked
    in Meta recipe 7 (creating a custom meta-instance). I still need to
    write Meta recipe 6 and Basics recipe 8. However, for the latter, I need
    a new topic, since the feature it was supposed to cover is now covered
    in an existing recipe.
  • Integrating Padre with Parrot and Rakudo -- Gabor Szabo
    No updates.
  • Improving learn.perl.org -- Eric and Tina
    Starting the grant.
  • A lightweight web framework for Perl 6 -- Ilya, Carl and Stephen
    Starting the grant.

Conference Season

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I used to think that there was a conference season and that it took place in the summer. Now in the Perl world we have so many grass-root events taking place that the whole year is our conference season.

So far this year we have already had Perl Oasis in Orlando, Frozen Perl in Minneapolis, the Bulgarian Perl Workshop, the German Perl Workshop, and the Belgian Perl Workshop.

Today the Dutch Perl Workshop is taking place in Arnhem and tomorrow the Ukrainian Perl Workshop, "Perl Mova" takes place in Kiev.

Towards the end of the month the Birmingham Perl Mongers are hosting a 3-day QA Hackathon. This is a follow-up to the successful QA Hackathon that took place in Oslo last year. This isn't a conference, in the traditional sense, but a place for people involved in QA, testing, packaging, and CPAN to get together and code together.

All this in just three months. It's going to be a fantastic year for Perl conferences.

These are the results for the first round of 2009 grants requests:

Rejected Proposals:

  • CPAN::Forum development
  • Codewalker
  • Interactive Perl Interpreter (removed by the proposer)
  • Awareness and Utilization of Perl in Nigeria: A Survey
  • OPener Chat
  • OPener Package
  • Inline C++/CLI
  • Perl debugger integration in Padre, the Perl IDE

Funded proposals:

  • Improving learn.perl.org, by Eric Wilhelm and Tina Connolly
  • Web.pm - a lightweight web framework for Perl 6, by Ilya Belikin, Carl Mäsak and Stephen Weeks

Still non-funded proposals:

  • Faster Perl Crawlers
  • Pod Mangling Utility Improvements
  • Perl 6 Pages

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