Parallel Perl Pupils Petition PAUSE

Today I saw about half-a-dozen suspiciously similar PAUSE ID requests, apparently from students taking a parallel programming course from University of La Laguna in Spain Tenerife. After little Google searching, I suspect it might be this course: "ProgramaciĆ³n en Paralelo II", taught by CPAN author casiano.

I'm surprised and pleased to see a course like this covering Perl, particularly when it encourages students to contribute back to the community by publishing on CPAN.

If you know anything about this course (or are taking it!), please post about it in the comments or provide a link to a blog post of your own with more information.

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  1. Posted May 3, 2011 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    You are right.

    I always encourage students to use Perl and CPAN in the subjects I teach.
    Yesterday lab in PP2 was/is a sort of contest (PP2 is a subject in the fifth and last year of the Computer Science degree). We are reviewing the subject "processes, forks, signals, IPC, etc." at the moment. The exercise is for the students to make a collaborative effort to produce a good-quality extension to Proc::Simple called Proc::RPC. If the result has enough quality, the result will be published under my supervision.

    It is my hope that - by making them to ask for PAUSE accounts and collaborate in this exercise - this will be the start point for future contributions of these (very good!) students.


    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      I think publishable work is a great goal for students!

      By the way, PAUSE ID approval is done manually and I've been trying to keep it to 24 hours or less, but if your students ever have a problem or delay getting an ID approved, please feel free to send me an email about it.