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DrForr is no longer with us
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by holli
on Mar 14, 2020 at 16:35
    I am very sorry posting this on behalf of Liz here on Perlmonks. She just published a gist with sad news:
    Our dear friend Jeff Goff has died in a scuba diving accident. He told me and many others about how he looked forward to learning more about scuba diving, getting more experienced in it, during the JoCo Cruise ( ). Apparantly, something went horribly wrong.

    I have spent many hours with Jeff, not in the least when he broke his hip in Spain during the Perl conference in Granada, and I took it upon me to take care of several things for him. He has stayed as a guest at least twice in my home. I have learned to know Jeff as a warm, loving man, with a great sense of humor, wonderful ideas, and always helpful. Last time I saw him when he took over from me at the Perl & Raku booth at FOSDEM in Brussels.

    Needless to say, but it needs to be said anyway: Liz and I will miss him terribly. The Perl & Raku communities will miss him dearly, as he was one volunteer who has done a lot of things to make things happen, to make things better.

    Please do not contact his mother or other family with requests about how the accident happened. Please wait for more information about what actually happened, it will be presented when we have it.

    If you want to send condolences to the family, please do so to the following address:
    c/o Family Goff
    PO Box 118
    St. Ignatius, MT 59865

Videos from the 2020 German Perl/Raku Workshop in Erlangen
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by haukex
on Mar 07, 2020 at 08:24
New Perl Cucumber book
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by davies
on Feb 20, 2020 at 17:33
StackOverflow Developer Survey 2020 is now open
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by choroba
on Feb 11, 2020 at 13:44
    StackOverflow Developer Survey 2020 is now open, as announced in their blog! This year, they're asking about other online communities, so we can remind the rest of the world about PerlMonks.

    Let's make Perl visible.

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Shared XS modules manifesto
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by basiliscos
on Feb 08, 2020 at 03:12


    We, i.e. Crazy Panda LTD, would like to share our vision of shared XS modules, which we consider quite innovative in Perl world:


    The proposed concept already has an implementation (XS::Install, XS::Framework), which we internally use on production more then one year. We plan to release on CPAN rather wide, deep and efficient hierarchy of our XS-modules, but it will take some time due to need of documentation, API stabilization etc.

    Early adopters, questions, or any feed back are welcome!

    WBR, basiliscos.
Komodo IDE is now Free
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by choroba
on Jan 19, 2020 at 15:42
    Komodo IDE by ActiveState with Perl support is now free, at least according to its page. You need to create a "Platform Account" first which I didn't, so I can't report on what it involves.

    Source: shura at mastodon

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The Perl Foundation responds to the Raku rename
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by jdporter
on Jan 10, 2020 at 13:30

    The Perl Foundation (TPF) exists to support the Perl community and all the people within our community, including the newly renamed Raku; the name change doesn’t alter the nature of our involvement or support with Raku.

    The Grants Committee will continue to accept grant proposals for Perl 5, Raku, and other Perl-family projects work as before.

    TPF will continue to encourage development of Perl and Raku events, workshops and hackathons and generally support the global communities.

    The Perl Conference (TPC) will also continue to accept presentation proposals for all Perl-family languages, including Perl 5 and Raku.

    Read the full press release.

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.
berrybrew, the Perlbrew for Windows v1.30 released!
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by stevieb
on Dec 25, 2019 at 16:02

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays fellow Monks!

    I've released v1.30 of berrybrew as a Christmas gift to our Windows Perlers.

    It's a significant release, here's a list of the most noteworthy additions:

    • Added a UI, runs out of the System Tray, allows installing, removing and switching Perls using a button
    • Added new associate command, allowing berrybrew to manage .pl file associations
    • Added berrybrew-refresh command, to be run after switching perls. No more having to re-open command line windows
    • If a newer point release of a major version is introduced, we now seamlessly integrate installed previous point-releases into the Perls available
    • Configuration options are now based in the Windows Registry
    • Added new options command, allows changing configuration options at runtime
    • We now supply a bb command, which is simply a short-hand form for berrybrew
    • Greatly enhanced the self-extracting installer
    • Much more precise handling of the PATH environment variable
    • More graceful handling of exceptions
    • Added info command which displays various internal directory path information
    • Added new hidden/developer commands

    Please have a read of my blog post for the full announcement details.



Devel::NYTProf is up for adoption
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by swl
on Dec 18, 2019 at 22:33

    I'm not sure how long this has been the case, but the metacpan page for Devel::NYTProf currently lists it as up for adoption.

    This is a key module for perl development, so hopefully someone with the right skill set is willing and able to pick it up.

Type::Tiny 1.8.0 released
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by tobyink
on Dec 11, 2019 at 03:13

    Type::Tiny 1.8.0 (1.008000) was released today.

    The new features are pretty minor. Most of the improvements are in documentation and testing.

    • Totally rewritten manual/tutorial.

    • Every issue on RT has been handled.

    • Bigger test suite. The exact number of tests run varies based on the availability of optional dependencies, but I just ran the test suite with EXTENDED_TESTING set to false and most of the optional dependencies installed, and it was nearly 7500 tests, compared to just over 2700 for Type::Tiny 1.6.0. With EXTENDED_TESTING true, there are nearly 13900 tests.

      This includes a set of tests for each built-in type which are intended to function both as test cases and advanced documentation.

Perl advent calendars 2019
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by marto
on Dec 01, 2019 at 13:58
Request for Feedback: Perl Documentation Site
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by Anonymous Monk
on Oct 27, 2019 at 19:55

    The official Perl documentation site at was recently overhauled. Independently, I put together a reimagined documentation site that would be hosted at In the interest of providing a documentation site that best serves the needs of the Perl community, we need your feedback. Please give both sites a try, in-depth if you want, or just how you would most commonly use the site. What do you like about the design or the functionality of each site? What is missing or can be improved? Any feedback regarding what you want from the Perl documentation site is helpful and appreciated. Please leave comments here or in the linked posts by Monday Nov 18th. comments

    Reddit comments

Announcing MooX::Press
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by tobyink
on Oct 25, 2019 at 08:37

    MooX::Press is a quick way of building a bunch of Moo roles and classes in one use statement.

    The most basic example would be:

    package MyApp { use MooX::Press class => ['Foo', 'Bar']; } my $thing1 = MyApp::Foo->new(); my $thing2 = MyApp->new_foo(); # alternative constructor

    But do-nothing classes with a constructor and nothing else aren't very exciting. Let's define a class with some subclasses which have attributes and roles and methods and stuff.

    package MyApp::Zoo; use MooX::Press ( role => [ 'Aquatic' => { can => [ swim => sub { print "swimming\n" }, ], }, 'Flight', ], class => [ 'Animal' => { has => [qw( $name $colour $age )], subclass => [ 'Fish' => { with => 'Aquatic', subclass => [qw( Shark Ray )], }, 'Bird' => { with => 'Flight' }, 'Mammal' => { subclass => [ qw( Panda Goat ), 'Kangaroo' => { can => [ jump => sub { ... } ] }, 'Dolphin' => { with => 'Aquatic' }, 'Bat' => { with => 'Flight' }, ], }, ], }, ], );

    The above code just defined the following roles:

    • MyApp::Zoo::Aquatic
    • MyApp::Zoo::Flight

    And the following classes:

    • MyApp::Zoo::Animal
    • MyApp::Zoo::Fish
    • MyApp::Zoo::Shark
    • MyApp::Zoo::Ray
    • MyApp::Zoo::Bird
    • MyApp::Zoo::Mammal
    • MyApp::Zoo::Panda
    • MyApp::Zoo::Goat
    • MyApp::Zoo::Kangaroo
    • MyApp::Zoo::Dolphin
    • MyApp::Zoo::Bat

    All with the appropriate attributes and roles applied to them.

    Also, it defined a package called MyApp::Zoo::Types with class and role type constraints already set up.

    So you can do:

    use Moo; use MyApp::Zoo::Types qw(Kangaroo); has mascot => (is => 'ro', isa => Kangaroo);


    use MyApp::Zoo::Types qw(is_Kangaroo); $thing->jump if is_Kangaroo($thing);

    Here's some more code using our zoo classes...

    use MyApp::Zoo (); my $lenny = MyApp::Zoo->new_shark(name => 'Lenny'); $lenny->isa('MyApp::Zoo::Shark'); # true $lenny->isa('MyApp::Zoo::Fish'); # true $lenny->isa('MyApp::Zoo::Animal'); # true $lenny->does('MyApp::Zoo::Aquatic'); # true $lenny->can('swim'); # true package MyApp::Zoo::Enclosure::Tank { use Moo; use Types::Standard qw(ArrayRef); use MyApp::Zoo::Types qw(Aquatic); has animals => ( is => 'rw', isa => ArrayRef[Aquatic], ); } my $tank = MyApp::Zoo::Enclosure::Tank->new( animals => [ $lenny ], );

    MooX::Press is on CPAN.

Perl 6 is now known as Raku
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by haukex
on Oct 14, 2019 at 09:45
TimToady Approved renaming Perl6 to Raku
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by wazoox
on Oct 11, 2019 at 16:27

    See the thread on Github.

    Relevant quote:

    I am in favor of this change, because it reflects an ancient wisdom:

    “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

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