Posts by Yanick Champoux

Plastering ‘endorse’ Buttons All Over the (coder)Wall

I’m ashamed to say, I’ve been slacking off in the blogging department. I believe, however, that I can plead attenuating circumstances considering that I’m busy doing terrible things to Dancer 2 and that I just dusted off the elf bonnet and began to churn out proposals for the Perl Advent Calendar.
But still, I felt like I should resurface for a few minutes, if only to give a token sign of life. So here goes.

Webpage Time Zone Hopping

Timezones can be darn confusing. So I thought, wouldn’t be nice to be able to switch the times back and forth on a webpage, such that you don’t have to juggle the time differences in your head, but rather just see the full thing first from your timezone perspective, then from the other guy’s?

ShareDir Without the Leftover Blues

The trick is simple: bundle all the files to be shared into a tarball called shared-files.tar.gz. As there is now only that one file, which name always remains the same, any new install is conveniently clobbering the old version.

Mass-Testing Dancer’s Plugins

One of the items on the to-do list for Dancer 2 is to verify that most of the plugins already written for Dancer 1 will still work for Dancer 2. Well, I thought, that’s just like doing smoke testing for a small subset of Perl modules. How hard can it be? Lets get cracking…

Web Service One-Liners with Dancer

Today, I had some bit of fun and created a micro-web service as a one-liner. But then I thought that using almost 70 characters for a web service was awfully long-winded. Surely there was a way to make our Dancer more efficient. But how? How about… by getting a MC involved?

Some Meta Fun with Moose and Avro

I won’t try to bamboozle you: Diving into Moose’s metaclass system is not easy because playing with classes that beget classes is heady, confusing stuff. It often feels like trying to type by looking at the keyboard in a mirror. But once that dragon is tamed, it can do truly wonderful, terrible things…

Yarnline (a Ravelry Mashup)

A while ago, I spotted TimelineJS, a JavaScript library to create gorgeous timelines, and earmarked it to a future app. Last week, I finally got to play with it by creating Yarnline, an itsy-bitsy mashup app that takes the projects of a Ravelry user and displays them in a chronological manner, like so…

Varys’ Little Birds

One of the great joys of Perl and CPAN is how it allows you to stand on the shoulders of giants. By picking the right tools, applications that are not that trivial can be built in a matter of days, if not hours. The goal of today’s little project is to demonstrate that very thing. Grab a helmet and put your mouth-piece on, for this time I aim to do nothing other than blow your mind to awestruck smithereens.

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