Monthly Archives: July 2009

Perl whipupitude to the rescue

It's been widely posted by now that 50,000 or so cleartext user names, email addresses and passwords were compromised from Perl Monks. Yesterday, as the news broke, a discussion started on IRC about how to respond. As some were debating hashing the exposed passwords and checking against other Perl community sites and various other remedies, […]

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FAIL: 64-bit Perl and version number checks

Eric Wilhelm and I have a friendly, but long running debate over the wisdom of using pure v-strings for Perl module version numbers.  We just discovered that behind our difference of opinion is actually a technical difference: I use a 64 bit perl and he doesn't. The test case I usually cite has a module […]

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How I use RT for CPAN modules

RT has gotten a lot better in the last couple years.  I used to find it horribly slow and unwieldy, but the folks at Best Practical have made several nice improvements that are making it a useful tool for me to manage issues across the growing list of modules I wrote or help maintain.  For […]

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What do you want Perl 5 to be?

I've noticed that many recent discussions about changes to Perl 5 core development spiral off into circular discussions about deprecation cycles, definitions of compatibility, source code branch strategies, timeboxing, volunteer motivation, and so on.  Consensus has been slow to converge and conflict is in the air. I think the problem is that people have different […]

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Packages, modules and distributions

I've recently seen or heard a lot of discussion about how to make Perl and CPAN even better, but I feel strongly that we need a more a formal definition of packages, modules and distributions so that there is common language and understanding for the current semantics.  Only then, do I think we can have […]

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