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Angerwhale officially released

Congrats to Jrockway on releasing Angerwhale. Angerwhale is a filesystem-based blog with integrated cryptography, built on the Catalyst framework.

You can get angerwhale on CPAN.


Couple of Catalyst powered sites.

Even tho we haven't got the holy buzz of Rails, people seem to be putting up new Catalyst-powered sites all the time. I'll try to mention some as I hear of them in the future, here's a couple to get you started
21:17 <bert_> it is for independent artists to be able to easily sell card at 
              their live shows, and fans use them to dl songs from our site 
              when they get home...
21:18 <bert_> site went from concept to production in 3 months...
21:18 <bert_> you guys here helped us through the rough part, none of us had 
               used catalyst before this...
21:18 <bert_> we really appreciate your help

Let's get dugg

This is a neat blog powered by a new Catalyst-based blog software called Typeface. Typeface is downloadable right now, so feel free to check it out.
I held a lightening talk on monday called 'DBIx::Class from 1.000 feet' at the Extreme Programmers meetup in Oslo. The audience was mostly Java programmers, so I didn't go too much into detail, but I thought it was a nice oportunity to show them that Perl isn't dead. :)

Here is the slides if anyone's interested.


Fun with Search::ContextGraph

<@marcus> maciej: Search::ContextGraph takes forever to process like 6000 nodes.
<@marcus> well, not really forever, but a couple of hours so far.
<@maciej> that module contains many of my best pessimizations


Poka, Joel On software!

I've been following 'Joel on software' for a while, and read some of his books. He's been a pretty uneven read, interesting at times, frusteratingly stupid at others. However, after his recent posts I consider him no more than a trolling windows programmer. I found this comment by Dave Cross pretty acurate.

That is why I've followed the trend of some of the commenters on my previous post. I've removed his blog from my bloglines subscriptions. I also used the oportunity to unsubscribe from his annoying friend Eric. So this is the last piece of attention he'll get from me.

Bye Joel, have a nice life.


Thanks, VOX/Amazon

Nice hits for perl search
Nice hits for perl search


My ecosystem is bigger than yours

I like to program Perl. Sure, I'm not saying it's a perfect language, it's got it's flaws and quirks, for one, the roll your own object model included in Perl5 leaves something to be desired. It's also possible to write quite unstructured and unreadable perl, but then I think sites like The Daily WTF has shown us that you can write cryptic and hard to maintain code in pretty much any language. To me, modern perl code is a pleasure to maintain. It's also a fact that Perl has one of the finest suites of tools for writing tests in existance. We've got everything from documentation coverage tests to www-mechanize tests. Just look for yourself.

Also, I agree that you can write code that runs faster in C and C++, given that they are closer to the machine. It takes longer to write it tho. I don't find it's a given that more highlevel strongly typed languages like Java and C# runs faster than Perl, but it is still a given that it takes longer to write. Perl also makes it really easy for me to integrate those lightning fast C/C++ libraries when I require speed. For instance, I really enjoy using Search::Xapian, the Perl bindings to the Xapian search engine. I remember doing that kind of stuff with JNI back when I was coding Java, and it was an absolute nightmare.

Perl 5 has existed for about 10 years now, and it seems people have decided that means it's obsolete, fit for the museum, no longer suited for production use. They conveniently forget that other languages like C and C++ has been going strong for much longer, and that Java is just as old. It's not like there hasn't been any development of Perl5 in the last 10 years either, we're up to 5.8.8 now, and it's come a long way since 5.0. CPAN is getting more module submissions than ever before, and we've got several strong MVC frameworks, including Catalyst and Jifty, competing in the same market as Rails. There are also several top sites on the net like Slashdot and Amazon built on Perl.

That's why it pisses me of to no limit that Joel figures he can write off Perl as one of "an infinity of platforms where you're pretty much guaranteed to fail spectacularly when it's too late to change anything". Want to talk about the gigantic ecosystems you need to develop web applications? Show me any other language that has anything even nearly as gigantic as CPAN's 10474 modules for doing anything from Reading your iTunes library to Talking to your enterprise SAP system.

Last batch of YAPC NA pictures.

I`ve finally found the tuits to upload the last batch of photos from YAPC NA in Chicago. You can check them out here.


Catalyst 5.7000 release announcement

The Catalyst Core Team is proud to announce that we've just shipped the next major release of the Catalyst framework, version 5.7000. This release is the result of the helpful contributions of a large number of people, both on the documentation and people submitting patches and ideas for improvements. We would like to use this opportunity to thank them for their great work. Catalyst would be much worse of without you guys. Hope you will continue to make us great.


More YAPC NA pics

Here's another batch of photos from YAPC NA in Chicago.


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