Posts by Yanick Champoux
This Thursday, I’ll be presenting at the Ottawa Valley SAGE meeting. The topic of the talk will be Perl for Sysadmins, and I’ll try to sell to the audience how Perl can make their lives much, much easier.
With Dist::Zilla, so far I was manually setting up the new version number in the dist.ini of my distributions. But, as I’m a lazy, lazy man, automating the process was still at the back of my mind. Well, I finally found the time to work on this. The result is Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Author::YANICK::NextSemanticVersion, which currently lives in the Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::YANICK distribution (and, of course, in its GitHub repository).
A few days ago, had you asked me one big plus of Catalyst over Dancer, I would have said “chained actions”. Chained actions allow to split the logic underlaying an uri into smaller components associated with its segments. A very neat, DRY-friendly ways of doing things. Have a look.
All the tools you need to write a Dancer plugin are contained in he helper module Dancer::Plugin. To invoke them, you just need to ‘use’ Dancer::Plugin within your module — all the inheritance stuff is taken care of behind the curtain
Let’s say you want to serve static http content from a machine. The sensible thing to do would be to install Apache/Nginx/Lighttp. But let’s say — because of insane configuration, red tape, cruel whims of the gods — that you can’t do the sensible thing. Fortunately, there’s a few aces you can pull from out of your sleeve. One of them is to use Dancer as a spur-of-the-moment barebone web server
Say theres a website you would like to tweet directly from. Not via a Twitter client, not using a service like Yoolink, not through a Firefox plugin. No, you really want to be able to have a honest to God “Tweet this” input field on the website itself. It’s a strange requirement, for sure, but it’s a mission that I’d been given a few days ago. Here’s how I did it.
Never the one to turn my back to shameless self-promotion, I mentioned my blog entry and mini-project in the comment section. As luck would have it, my views were very much in line with what the metacpan cabal was envisioning, and I was told that, if I was willing, I was welcome to give it a try. As a subsequent update from Olaf hinted at, that’s an offer I couldn’t let pass. So, in the last two months, I’ve been a busy bee.
Tommy Stanton from the Los Angeles Perl Mongers let me know that he gave a presentation on Galuga in January (slides are available here). He also tinkered with the mozzarella-toned beast, and his patches should soon percolate to the pallid cetacean’s GitHub lair.
Most of the time, I hack applications together because I have an itch that badly needs scratching. But, sometimes, I also build up apps for the sake of trying out and experimenting with new technologies. The process I’m following for those latter apps is what I call Awesome Driven Development, or A.D.D. for short. Here’s how it’s done.
Seems that our André Araujo has already spilled the beans and revealed his solution to the second edition of the NoCOUG SQL Challenge.
Now, I can’t let him have all the fun, can I?