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October 7, 2002

The Perl Journal

The Perl Journal: "Time is running short and we need your help if The Perl Journal is to get another chance at being the real deal." If you use Perl, please subscribe to the journal. It's only $12 a year and the quailty of this magazine has been excellent. Just browse the archives to see for yourself.

July 30, 2002

Perl 1

Perl 1 lives! And Michael Schwern is at the helm to guide it's development. That's the cool thing about open source-- it lives forever. So go ahead and download perl1.0.tar.gz -- all 128K of it.

July 19, 2002

Perl 5.8.0 Released

dev.perl.org - Perl 5.8.0 Release Announcement

Highlights: Better Unicode support, new threads implementation, new IO implementation, better numeric accuracy (always a good thing, right?), 64-bit support, safe signals, new modules (Digest::MD5, File::Temp, Filter::Simple, libnet, List::Util, Memoize, MIME::Base64, Scalar::Util, Storable, Switch, Test::More, Test::Simple, Text::Balanced, Tie::File, others), extensive regression testing.

April 27, 2002

The sky isn't falling

Damian Conway gives us a reassuring TPJ Magazine article comparing Perl 5 to the forthcoming Perl 6.

January 19, 2002

I guess they use Perl

Simply amazing. DynDNS, a site that provides free dynamic DNS service to close to 200,000 users, has donated $20,000 to the Perl Foundation. Here's their press release about it. DynDNS is a volunteer organization, relying mostly on user donations themselves (my measly $10 donation from 2+ years ago is on page 19).

It's amazing because here we have one volunteer organization funding another. Frankly, It puts the corporate world to shame. Please-- if your company uses Perl in any way, do your part to encourage your company to donate something to this fund.

You can check the fund drive status page here. By checking the status page, it looks like Tim Wilde (founder of DynDNS) and DynDNS are already credited for prior, substantial donations. How do they do it?

January 18, 2002

Apocalypse 4

The 4th Apocalypse is upon us. Larry Wall continues his series articles of Perl 6 previews which are appropriately titled "Apocalypse". Perl 6 is quite different from Perl 5 and that's making me uncomfortable. Must trust Larry.

If you found this post via a web search regarding the end of the world, you're barking up the wrong tree.

May 23, 2001

Dynamic sub references

#!/usr/local/bin/perl

use strict; # always

*dynamicsub = \&{'somepackage::somesub'};
&dynamicsub('blah blah') if defined(&dynamicsub);

The line in bold above is pretty cool if you're a Perl hack. Dynamically referencing and invoking a routine (regardless of what package it may be in) like that is pretty handy.

April 11, 2001

The Perl Journal lives on

Well-- great news! I'm glad to hear that The Perl Journal is still alive issue #20 is to be mailed out later this month. I hope it isn't the last one. I thoroughly enjoy every issue and continually amazed to read about the crazy things people do with Perl.

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