August 2009 Archives

Running Grants (2009 - XV)

This is (hopefully) the last post presenting a report for all grants at once. Future reports will be posted by respective grant managers whenever they have relevant news.

TPF expects grantees to report at least once each month. If you are a grantee, please, easy the task of your grant manager sharing news with him. If you are a grant manager and your grantee does not report for a long time, please poke him.

For this last month updates are:

  • Perl Survey
KD has been following all the perl marketing stuff on the intertubes with great interest, and archiving discussions for further examination/analysis. He's also found a number of other open source questionnaires from which to borrow.  He's gotten the DNS and hosting sorted for http://survey.perlfoundation.org
Plans:
Late next week:  begin designing survey.  Plan to pilot to invited audience in early september.  Take pilot and begin running full survey in late september (optimum time to run a survey in the northern hemisphere).
  • Archive::Zip
    Alan was the happy recipient of a "send someone to YAPC" endowment and is spending some time taking in all the cool stuff he learned about at YAPC.  He will be back to work on Zip on Monday.

  • Pod Munging
Ricardo has been mostly scribbling diagrams and notes in his pocket notebook, but is also working to compile simple next steps so he can show continuous progress in code.  The next next steps are listed (with a summary of his notes) here: http://rjbs.manxome.org/rubric/entry/1792   More code should be forthcoming soon.

  • Mojo Documentation
Sebastian has some trouble lately writing about Mojolicious, the learning curve was simply too steep, so it took too much time for the reader to gain a sense of achievement.
But there was a simple solution to this, he just added a second micro framework called Mojolicious::Lite to guarantee a fun learning process to the reader.
He also written and already published a small tutorial to try it, and the success has been amazing. :)   http://labs.kraih.com/blog/2009/07/perl-is-awesome.html

  • Perl 6 Web.pm
As always - you can get the latest progress on the GitHub project http://github.com/masak/web and their blog posts:

2009Q3 Grant Proposals

After three extenuating days at YAPC::EU::2009, and after some rest time, finally had the time to prepare the list of grant proposals for the third quarter of 2009.

We have seven proposals, that can be read in this blog:
These proposals are open for public/community discussion. Please comment each post with your thoughts of the proposal. Please make sure you sign your comments, and also that your comment is something more than just one "I would like it" or "It sucks", or it will be moderated.

Voting will take place in 23th August, and results should be posted shortly after.




Name:

Jim Cromie

Email:

[hidden email]

Amount Requested:

How much is your project worth? $3000K

Synopsis

Memory allocation enhancements in core (sv.c).

Perl is greedy wrt recycling sv-bodies; freed bodies are returned to an interpreter-global freelist, where they hang until process termination. Workloads which rotate through large populations of each body-type would be badly limited; there would be no memory left. While this workload profile is arbitrary, so is the limitation.

More to the point, holding memory til process death, without recourse, is sub-optimal. Its easy to imagine a case where it matters.

Name:

Eric J. Roode, ROODE on CPAN.

Email:

[hidden email] or [hidden email]

Amount Requested:

$2500 for Q3 2009.

Synopsis

Write a lot of much-needed documentation for wxPerl.

Name:

Jon Allen (JJ)

Email:

[hidden email]

Amount Requested:

USD 3,000

Synopsis

Produce a modern, visually appealing set of templates, stylesheets, and other assets that Perl website owners can easily use and adapt to achieve a stylish look and feel, regardless of the back-end technologies powering each individual site.

Name: Curtis Jewell
Email: [hidden email]
Amount Requested: US $5000.

Synopsis

Enhance Strawberry Perl so that it can be customized for different environments, and silently embedded inside of other corporate and open source projects.

Name:

Gerard Goossen

Email:

[hidden email]

Amount Requested

$ 5,000

Synopsis

This project is to change the Perl 5 optree build process into a step where the parser generates an Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) and a step where the executable code in the form of a list of function pointers (probably with arguments in some form) is generated from the AST.

Because this project is refactoring of a major part of the Perl 5 core, a good benchmark of Perl 5 to measure the effect on performance of the changes would be required.

Name:

Shlomi Fish

Email:

[hidden email]

Amount Requested:

$1500

Synopsis

CPANHQ - a community-driven, meta-data-enhanced interface to CPAN.

Name:

Shlomi Fish

Email:

[hidden email]

Amount Requested:

$1500.

Synopsis

Develop a powerful Foreign Function Interface for Perl 5, similar to Python's ctypes.

Dear all, I am sorry to inform that I am busy with YAPC::EU::2009 organization. This means that this time we will not have grants updates, and that grants evaluation for this quarter will start later two weeks.

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