Sunday, May 15, 2005

Perlcast 9

Perlcast number nine has been released. I'm a little irritated with this cast. There is some background clicking noise that I couldn't stop from happening. I'm not sure what I was doing, but it hurts the sound quality... I even tried a complete second take, but couldn't make it go away. Oh well, by next week I should have my new mic setup and will have overall better sound quality anyway.

News Items Covered This Week

  1. SVK version 1 has been released. svk is a decentralized version control system written in Perl. It uses the Subversion filesystem but provides additional, powerful features. In its current form, svk is a client of remote Subversion, Perforce and CVS repositories to allow for offline operation. A svk-specific server is in its early alpha testing. The Use Perl article notes that the Pugs creator uses svk for his development.

  2. has an article entitled “Inside YAPC::NA 2005”, which is an interview with Richard Dice, the organizer of the conference. I've only made it about half-way through the article so far, but it looks like there are some really cool events planned for the Monday and Tuesday nights of the conference. It looks like you might need your digital cameras and possibly a life jacket :)

  3. CPAN's first European mirror goes live. They now use Geo DNS to direct all requests from Europe to a box hosted by Digital Craftsman.

  4. Slashdot has a book review of Perl Medic: Transferring Legacy Code by Peter J. Scott. The book, published by Addison Wesley, got a rating of 8 out of 10 from the reviewer, Craig Maloney.

  5. Perlcast has been accepted as a basic member of the techpodcasts network. You can find other technical podcasts at

Beginners Talk

This talk was based on a tutorial from an article by David Oswald at Perl Monks and concerns 'and' and 'or' short-circuit operators in Perl.

Perl Talk

Perlcast is going to try to talk about the modules found on the Phalanx project over the next few (hundred) casts. This week, we discussed CPANPLUS.


None this week; however, I do have a few lined up. Please let me know who you would like to hear from.


The artist for this week was Scotland Barr and The Slow Drags with their song Sun Years.