November 2016 Archives

Metacpan Upgraded

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The team that supports meta::cpan had a busy weekend as they completed their long project to upgrade all of the metacpan infrastructure. Thanks to the team for all of their work and to the sponsors who made meta::hack possible. The site looks and performs great!

A huge number of Perl users can trace their initial coding efforts back to O'Reilly's Learning Perl, now available in its 7th edition. The easy introduction and smooth tour of basic features through more powerful ones made it easy to get started, all with a focus on getting things done.

brian d foy, well known in the Perl community and one of the authors of Learning Perl, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the work to create an O'Reilly-published Learning Perl 6. Just as Learning Perl made Perl 5 accessible to a wide array of programmers, both professional and casual, Learning Perl 6 will introduce this new language in a fun and accessible way. brian provides some additional detail on his perl blog as well. If you're interested in getting started with Perl 6, help brian fund the book that could get you rolling.

TPF President Change

As Mark Keating reported earlier this month, Karen Pauley has stepped down as TPF president after a very successful tenure. Karen served for an amazing 6+ years and did a fantastic job. I'd like to join Mark and many other people in the Perl Community in thanking Karen for all of her work. She has truly set a high bar for the president role.

As some might recall, Karen took over from me way back in 2010 and I'm happy to swap roles with her again. In addition to continuing all of TPF's major initiatives my primary goal for this year is to get more people involved in The Perl Foundation. Over the last several years, Karen and Dan Wright have done a great job educating the community about what TPF does. I'd like to continue this momentum and take it a step further by letting people know how they can help and getting new people to participate at all levels. Stay tuned to learn about different ways you can help the Perl community.

Since their third report on migrating, Evozon have been working hard to produce a public beta site.

This beta site lets you, the community, test and evaluate the platform. If you are a regular user of, here's a great opportunity to help us make the release candidate the best version possible.

As outlined in the original grant proposal, the site provides the following:

  • features from the exisiting site: register new account, log-in, write & manage blog posts, create & manage blogs, manage user profile, add comments, add & manage users
  • data imported from the existing site
  • blog text, code snippets, quoting and comments display in clean UTF-8
  • admin and test users can log in to their account through direct access
  • beta users can sign up through Oauth (Facebook login)
  • existing users can view posts, log in with their existing ID, create and comment on posts

At this point, the only deficiency known on the platform is its dependency on JavaScript. Users must have JavaScript enabled in their browsers.

This beta system can undergo small updates, due to bug fixing activities performed by the team, and data may be reset from time to time.

Please join the beta at Once you’ve logged in or signed up, feel free to explore the platform and test all the features. We strongly encourage all beta users to report any bugs, issues, errors or suggestions. If you are nervous about reporting bugs through the formal bug reporting system, you can simply email details to the support mailing list [email protected].

Enjoy testing the platform and thank you in advance for your feedback.

Save the Date! The Perl Conference NA 2017

Throughout our search we considered and visited venues in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, Florida, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Many people spent countless hours putting out feelers and soliciting bids. In particular, we would like to give a huge thanks to the Brew City Perl Mongers and the Detroit Perl Mongers: their efforts were invaluable in this process, and we hope that we can soon bring The Perl Conference to their fantastic cities.

It is with great enthusiasm that we happily announce The Perl Conference 2017 will be held Sunday, June 18th through Friday, June 23rd at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia!

This places us immediately outside of Washington, DC, allowing for plenty of sightseeing opportunities!

The main event will run from Monday, June 19th through Wednesday, June 21st. Master Classes, training, and other activities will be held on the 18th, 22nd, and 23rd. We highly encourage you to attend all days, but especially look forward to seeing you at the main event.

This amazing and unique venue is afforded to us through the tireless efforts of the DC and Baltimore Perl Mongers. Many members of the excellent organizing committee for the annual DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop has joined The Perl Conference organizing committee to make this year’s Perl Conference one of the best.

We’ll be opening the new website, registration, call for talks, etc over the next few months. Please continue to watch your email for future updates.

Chad continues working on the Test 2 Manual, with the following news:

The Grants Committee is accepting grant proposals all the time. We evaluate them every two months and another evaluation period has come.

If you have an idea for doing some Perl work that will benefit the Perl community, consider sending a grant application. The application deadline for this round is 23:59 November 25th UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback and conclude acceptance by December 5th.

To apply, please read How to Write a Proposal. Rules of Operation and Running Grants List will also help you understand how the grant process works. We also got some grant ideas from the community. The format is the same as the previous rounds in 2014-2016.

We will confirm the receipt of application within 24 hours.

If you have further questions, please contact me at tpf-grants-secretary at

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