July 2009 Archives

Conference season is in full swing and the next event that you might be interested in is YAPC::EU 2009. This year's conference is going to be in Lisbon, Portugal and will be loaded with days of Perl programming talks and events.

The theme this year is 'Corporate Perl'. Some featured presentations include Larry Wall's opening keynote, Damian Conway's 'The Missing Link', and José Castro's closing keynote. You can check out the entire schedule for the conference and see all that YAPC::EU has to offer.

The conference starts August 3rd, but some pre-conference events begin this weekend, so get your ticket soon.

CPAN Ticker

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We've all seen various tickers like this deficit tracker which track negative things to raise awareness. How hard would it be to create a CPAN ticker? Something like ticker.cpan.org to show distributions, etc. as they increase. Then maybe specific ones like ticker.cpan.org/Moose to watch distributions?

Proposed Payments for Clearing Perl 5 Bugs

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A few months ago, Nicholas Clark posted an interesting plan to spend some of TPF's money. In fact, it's so interesting, we're going to try to take him up on it.

At YAPC::NA 2009 this year, I sat down with Mark Keating, acting on behalf of the Enlightened Perl group, and we agreed to work on something like this:

  • Mark and company will build a web app to manage the system Nick has suggested. Folks will log in, claim a bug, submit the tests, etc.
  • Part of the account set-up will be collecting enough information to pay out. Right now, we're thinking it would be easiest to encourage people to sign up with paypal, but this is still being worked out.
  • The web app will have judges who log in to confirm fixed bugs.
  • Quarterly, the system will generate a report of all people who have reached the $500 payout threshold. TPF will use this report to pay out the cash. We're considering these mini-grants, so the payments are grant payments.

Even though these are grants, I would like current TPF grant committee members to be eligible. Since these grants are essentially limited to bugs in the RT system and the committee isn't voting on them, I don't believe there is a conflict of interest. As long as we have multiple judges, judges won't be excluded. You just can't judge your own submission.

The judges will need to be acceptable to the p5p folks so we can make sure the bug fixes get pulled into releases. We'll appoint an official TPF coordinator to shepherd this process, and that person will report to Alberto. If this really goes crazy, we may need to have some sort of cap on payments per quarter, but I'm sort of hoping to have that problem.

As usual, we're open to any feedback. Post away.

Grants updates:

Port PyYAML to Perl -- Ingy döt Net

No updates from Ingy.

Fixing Bugs in the Archive::Zip Perl Module -- Alan Haggai Alavi

No updates from Grant Manager.

Test::Builder 2 -- Michael G Schwern

No updates from Schwern.

Perl cross-compilation for linux and wince -- Vadim Konovalov

No updates from Vadim. If you know Vadim, please poke him. We need to know what is happening with him.

Tcl/Tk access for Rakudo -- Vadim Konovalov

No updates from Vadim.

Perl Survey -- Kieren Diment

No updates from Grant Manager.

Mojo Documentation Project -- Sebastian Riedel

Sebastian is making good progress with the manual, currently trying to organize his writings (which are a bit chaotic) into chapters.
Shouldn't be too long until he commits the first few bits to the github repo.

Embedding perl into C++ applications -- Leon Timmermans

Leon just started working on it again today. So far he fixed at least one bug. He is extending the unit tests right now.

Improving learn.perl.org -- Eric and Tina

Eric does not have any updates to report. He hopes to get some more time after OSCON.

A lightweight web framework for Perl 6 -- Ilya, Carl and Stephen

As always - you can get the latest progress on the GitHub project http://github.com/masak/web and their blog posts:
* Week 9: encodings, and a deep dive into Genshi
* Week 10: Genshi, Grampa and some docs

Pod Mangling Utility Improvements -- Ricardo Signes

No updates from the Grant Manager (aka, Ricardo).

TPF Board Changes

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There's been a bit of activity on the TPF Board over the past few weeks, so here's a summary of the current membership:

  • Chairman: Nat Torkington has replaced Bill Odom as chairman.
  • President: The TPF board has approved the revised grant proposal from Richard Dice to do TPF infrastructure work and a condition of the approval is that he not be a sitting member of the board while working on the grant. So Richard has stepped down from his role as president and Jim Brandt has assumed the role.
  • Vice President: Since Jim Brandt is vacating the role of Vice President, the board has elected Karen Pauley Vice President. She will also be performing the role of Secretary.

Richard will have more information on his grant as he posts regular progress.

We're continuing to look at other TPF roles and have a few other position changes pending. We'll announce these as they are completed.

Grants updates:

Port PyYAML to Perl -- Ingy döt Net

No updates, this time.

Fixing Bugs in the Archive::Zip Perl Module -- Alan Haggai Alavi

Alan Haggai has been improving (and completed) the new named argument features and adding lots of automated tests. A new release of Archive::Zip, with many of his improvements, is now available on the CPAN.
Currently he is updating the POD to reflect the changes.
Next he will resumo adding Unicode support.

Test::Builder 2 -- Michael G Schwern

Michael was hired at a full time job two months ago and was finding it difficult to keep the job and also keep up on the Open Source work. He should get back on track really soon.

Perl cross-compilation for linux and wince -- Vadim Konovalov

Vadim does not give updates for some time.

Tcl/Tk access for Rakudo -- Vadim Konovalov

Vadim does not give updates for some time.

Perl Survey -- Kieren Diment

KD has finished Catalyst book stuff, etc, and is back to work. He posted a blog update
So for now, he is going to go through the survey report fairly slowly, replicating the previously presented analysis in R code and writing notes about what extra things can be done with the extant data. Once this is done, he will look at things that can be dropped from the old survey, and think about enhancing the next iteration of the survey with more questions.

Mojo Documentation Project -- Sebastian Riedel

No updates from Sebastian.

Embedding perl into C++ applications -- Leon Timmermans

No updates from Leon.

Improving learn.perl.org -- Eric and Tina

Eric got a start on the "structures scoping, subroutines" tutorial, but it's not ready yet. Eric thinks he will need to accompany it (and the getting started tutorial) with some "further reading" links, e.g. to some of the intro material on perldoc.perl.org.

A lightweight web framework for Perl 6 -- Ilya, Carl and Stephen

While there might be blog updates, no resume was received.

Pod Mangling Utility Improvements -- Ricardo Signes

Ricardo is having fun writing reports about himself in the third person.
YAPC has ended and OSCON is coming up. Ricardo hopes to get a little organizational and roadmapping work done between now and OSCON, and possibly some final work on the fundamentals. Unless he experiences a surge in work time, he will probably begin to make progress in earnest after OSCON.
Blogging of his progress will continue as progress occurs.

The Perl Foundation is looking at giving some grants ranging from $500 to $3000 in August/September 2009.

In the past, we've supported Adam Kennedy's PPI, Strawberry Perl and Perl on a Stick, Nicholas Clark's work on Perl internals, Jouke Visser's pVoice, Chris Dolan on Perl::Critic and many others (just check http://www.perlfoundation.org/grants for more references).

You don't have to have a large, complex, or lengthy project. You don't even have to be a Perl master or guru. If you have a good idea and the means and ability to accomplish it, we want to hear from you!

Do you have something that could benefit the Perl community but just need that little extra help? Submit a grant proposal by July 31.

As a general rule, a properly formatted grant proposal is more likely to be approved if it meets the following criteria

  • It has widespread benefit to the Perl community or a large segment of it.
  • We have reasons to believe that you can accomplish your goals.
  • We can afford it (please, respect the limits or your proposal should be rejected immediately).

To submit a proposal see the guidelines at http://www.perlfoundation.org/how_to_write_a_proposal and TPF rules of operation at http://www.perlfoundation.org/rules_of_operation. Then send your proposal to tpf-proposals@perl-foundation.org. Note that proposals should be properly formatted accordingly with our POD template.

On August 1st, proposals will be made available publicly (on this blog) for public discussion, as it happened in the previous round. So, please make it clear in your proposal if it should not be public.

Note that accepted but not funded proposals in the previous round do not need to be re-submitted.

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