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Dave Mitchell writes:

I spent last month mainly getting Scope::Upper working on 5.24.0. It broke heavily after the context stack reworking that came with 5.23.8, due to its heavy reliance on the internal details of perl's context stack and scope exit behaviours.

I don't intend in general spending so much time again on fixing up such CPAN modules; it's just that once I had started, I wanted to see it through to completion.


  • 1:10 [perl #127834] @INC issues
  • 60:51 [perl #127875] Blead breaks Scope::Upper
  • 6:19 [perl #127915] $=x~0 segfaults Perl 5.24.0-RC1-2-gde1d2c7
  • 0:33 [perl #128225] substitution within (?{}) causes segmentation fault
  • 0:53 disallow 'require ::foo'
  • 2:30 fix build warnings and smoke failures
  • 0:30 fixup CPAN distributions affected by context changes (Coro)
  • 10:38 process p5p mailbox

83:24 TOTAL (HH::MM)

As of 2016/05/31: since the beginning of the grant:

137.3 weeks
1920.5 total hours
14.0 average hours per week

There are 80 hours left on the grant.

In this issue

  • Register today! Passes still available

  • Q & A with Larry Wall

  • Sunday Arrival Dinner

  • Tuesday night Social: Desserts and Drinks

  • Tutorials

  • Wednesday Night Pull Request Challenge

  • Call for Speakers: Lightning Talks

  • Call for Volunteers

  • 2017 Venue Proposals Open!

YAPC::NA::2016 Call for Speakers

The YAPC::NA::2016 call for speakers is now open! The Yet Another Perl Conference is a high-quality, inexpensive technical conference that celebrates the Perl programming language. The conference is accessible to everyone, regardless of experience, yet it remains valuable to the most skilled programmers. Each year the conference attracts hundreds of programmers from around the world, including luminaries such as Larry Wall, Ricardo Signes, and Damian Conway. We hope you will consider applying to present at this exciting event!

YAPC::NA::2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida June 20th-22nd, 2016.

Community Heroes: Liz and Wendy


Raising Hopes, Raising Joy and Raising Money

When you travel to Perl conferences, or talk on Perl channels, you will at some point hear about (or if you are fortunate meet in person) Liz and Wendy. Many of you reading this will already be familiar with the both of them and perhaps, like me, you will already have a deep respect for them as well.

Liz and Wendy have been cornerstones of the Netherlands Perl community and the European community for more years than any of us care to count (though no doubt Wendy could tell us). They were the owners of a succesful Perl consultancy that sponsored a number of events for many years and since ending that company they have branched into new directions which has seen them further associating with, and promoting, Perl.

I doubt that anyone realises the vast number of things they do to help the community, and I can gurantee that right now they are both feeling abashed that I am writing about them. But without them community projects such as Send-A-Newbie, PerlQA, YEF, YAPCs, EPO, CPAN Testers, numerous Workshops, Perl track at FOSDEM etc.; would either be struggling or not exist at all.

Whenever you meet Liz and Wendy at a conference you will find Liz working hard with the Perl6 developers, speaking on Perl6 and running hackathons.

Liz hacking on material

But you will find Wendy everywhere else. Either manning a stall selling merchandise, books and giving away promotional material for Perl; helping organisers in any way she can; bringing the largest collection of Perl books to events; generally socialising and being one of the highest points of the Hallway Track.

wendy manning a stall

During the Summer conference season Liz and Wendy drove around Europe with a car packed full of camels, books and merchandise, promoting and supporting the community. While doing so they sold books for many Perl authors and patches to support Perl5 and Perl6 development.

This is no small effort, they were not paid for this, this was simply out of the dedication they have to our community. They raised €2,000 (two thousand Euros) for Perl5 and Perl6 from the sale of patches and auctioning of merchandise. That's fifteen Perl6 patches, fifteen Perl5 patches, t-shirts and various small items. I should also note that many in the Perl community gave 'wild' donations to help the Perl Foundation. Gordon Banner lost out on a bid to buy a t-shirt but still donated his losing bid (thanks Gordon).

All of this is valuable to both the Perl Foundation, the local conferences, and all of us in the community.

But it doesn't end there. They are probably going to despair of me for telling you this but the total donation was matched by Liz and Wendy. The only comment they made on delivering this to the TPF was this:

"it is mostly grassroots driven. People had fun buying the patches and the shirt, and several people expressed their wish we would do this more often, and that it was a bit sad that we did not have more patches. It was fun."

They worked hard, they gave their time, their experience and their love to the community. Their wish is that they could do it more as it 'was fun' for the community. They praise the grassroots, the people who came to the events, who took the time to talk, who took a sticker or bought a book, and if they had no money to buy a patch donated what they could.

Liz and Wendy do these things because they cherish and honour their community. I am proud that I cherish them just as much. They are truly 'community heroes'.

YAPC::NA::2015 Closes Sold-Out Conference

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As we close YAPC::NA in Salt Lake City, we want to thank everyone who attended, organized, and sponsored this year's conference. Without our community coming together in support, we wouldn't have such a great event! This year, YAPC sold-out at 340 attendees with a reported attendance of over 350.

Specifically, The Perl Foundation would like to thank our local organizing team for all of their hard work. David Oswald and his team from the Salt Lake Perl Mongers worked diligently to organize the local venue and local volunteers. We also want to thank the staff at Little America for all of their help and support.

With the introduction of our new sponsorship programs, we are excited to announce that YAPC this year boasted 14 sponsors! We'd like to thank each of our sponsors for helping make YAPC possible, and playing such an important role in our event. Our job fair offered a great opportunity for our participants to connect with all of our wonderful sponsors and learn about career openings.

We hope that everyone in attendance, as well as those who took part in YAPC via our live streaming, enjoyed the talks this year. We'd like to thank our speakers for their effort in preparing and presenting to such a high standard. Thank you to John Anderson and Jayce Hall for organizing our speakers this year.

We we like to thank our keynote presenters this year - Seth Johnson, Larry Wall, and Phil Windley. We would also like to thank Ricardo Signes for hosting the Q&A session with Larry.

This year we also introduced a beginner's track for new Perl developers. We'd like to thank Karen Pauley and Ya'akov Sloman for organizing the track.

We would like to say "thank you!" to our TPF volunteers, board members, and committee members, namely conference chair Health Bair for his work organizing YAPC, as well as board treasurer Dan Wright.

Perhaps most importantly, we want to thank YOU! Thank for you joining us this week in Salt Lake, and thank you for your commitment to The Perl Foundation and the Perl Community.

Earlier this month The Perl Foundation's Board Treasurer Dan Wright announced that ZipRecruiter (@ZipRecruiter) has joined to support TPF and YAPC::NA as a Silver Sponsor. Not only will their sponsorship assist with YAPC::NA::2015 in Salt Lake City, but they will be supporting the efforts of The Perl Foundation year-round.

"ZipRecruiter has used perl from our company's inception, and we've benefitted greatly from the language, CPAN and the perl community," said Will Redd, Co-Founder at ZipRecruiter.

ZipRecruiter's web-based platform streamlines the hiring process by enabling companies to post a job to 100+ job boards with 1 click and to manage all applicants through a simple online interface. By providing a central location for finding, screening and tracking applicants, ZipRecruiter helps employers make the best hiring decisions quickly and at a fraction of the cost of traditional job boards.

By supporting The Perl Foundation year-round, ZipRecruiter's sponsorship will not only be applied to TPF conferences, but also to the development of Perl, training of new Perl programmers, and other TPF initiatives. "Perl has been an important factor in our success, and we're happy to be able to give back to the community. We're also sponsoring TPF to help get the word out to Perl programmers that there's another company that's doing significant new software development projects using perl," added Redd.

To learn more about ZipRecruiter visit or follow them on Twitter @ZipRecruiter. Would you like to be a Perl Foundation or YAPC::NA sponsor? More information can be found at

The Perl Foundation Announces DreamHost YAPC::NA Sponsorship

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The Perl Foundation is pleased to announce DreamHost ( as one of the newest sponsors of YAPC::NA::2015. DreamHost uses Perl in their custom-built control panel, for managing a big part of their server infrastructure, and for distributing calculations between machines. They also use Perl for their hosting platform, as well as a web application platform. "DreamHost is honored to be sponsoring YAPC::NA! DreamHost was built upon a solid foundation of Perl back in our earliest days," said Brett Dunst, VP of Brand and Community at DreamHost. "Perl was the very best option at the time for our needs and we continue to use it heavily in 2015! The CPAN ecosystem allows us to get a lot done very quickly, rather than writing everything from scratch."

Since 1997 DreamHost has helped entrepreneurs and developers the world over bring their dreams to life on the Internet. From domain registrations to web hosting and even powerful cloud storage and computing services, more than 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Packed with unbelievable value, DreamHost is the best place to launch a blog, website, or web application into the stratosphere.

"DreamHost is a huge proponent of open source software, and CPAN is one of the largest collections of open source functionality that is free to use," Dunst added. "Not only that, the Perl community is extremely friendly and welcoming!"

Interested in learning more about DreamHost? Visit or follow them on Twitter @dreamhost. Would you like to be a Perl Foundation or YAPC::NA sponsor? More information can be found at

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