$ date Sun May 2 09:22:09 GMTDT 2010 $ perl -MPOSIX -le 'print "Week ", > POSIX::strftime("%V", gmtime(time))' Week 17
One of the differences between summarising emacs news and perl news is that there are many sources of perl news. This makes a good summary more valuable. For emacs news you only need to visit A Better Planet Emacs. For perl, there are hundreds of sources, including:
And many others I have missed.
Eweek Slideshow (Padre)
Eweek has a slideshow with a list of 25 reasons why Perl keeps rising in the enterprise. The interesting points are:
- it is extensible and flexible, i.e. has good libraries including Catalyst, DBIx::Class and Plack
- the new release 5.12 has improved unicode and datetime support
- everyone uses it "used in virtually 100% of the Fortune 500"
- it is built into all major OSes (apart from Windows)
- it has good IDE support including Padre – a new Perl IDE and Komodo
- it is in the top 10 of the TIOBE index (why do people still think that TIOBE is relevant?)
Sam Crawley also talks about Padre so I thought I’d better install it. Conclusion: it is great, but obviously as an emacs fan it isn’t for me. Having said that, if I could customise Padre as easily with perl as I can customise emacs with lisp, I would consider switching.
My own posts have mainly covered AnyEvent.
- I initially wrote a simple AnyEvent server based on code from Twiggy.
- Then I wrote a more powerful yet simpler server using AnyEvent::Handle.
- I then wrote an AnyEvent client that called the AnyEvent::Handler server.
- And finally I spoke about the consequences of a Bad AnyEvent Install
Brian kelley decides to stick with Perl over Powershell on windows due to the availability of libraries and examples. (That’s where we beat everyone, no?)
Pythian has another perl news roundup.
And finally, one you’ve probably seen on all the news links already. chromatic has a great post on volunteers and civility. It is advice I should often bear in mind myself.