I went to the London Perl Workshop yesterday, and had the usual good time. I.e. catching up with friends, meeting some new people, giving a couple of talks, and attending talks. And as a bonus, I got two t-shirts this year.

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December 2018 is the final month of the CPAN Pull Request Challenge (PRC). It started in January 2015, and the last four years have seen hundreds of contributions to hundreds of different CPAN distributions. It would be great to finish on a high note: if you previously signed up, why not re-join for just one month? And if you've not tried it before, why not try it now? You'll only have to do one pull request!

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Trying the Fira Code font

typographyfonts Tue 11 September 2018

I'm currently trying out the Fira Code font for coding, which most of the time means Perl, Javascript, HTML, CSS. It's USP is a collection of ligatures for programmers. I'm really not sure what I think so far.

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Earlier this week I posted, that this would be the final year of the CPAN Pull Request Challenge (PRC). A number of people have asked why I'm stopping, and offered to help keep it going. In this post I'll expand on why I think it's time to stop, and also share some thoughts on what could follow the PRC.

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I'm going to run the CPAN Pull Request Challenge (PRC) again for 2018. This will be the fourth and final year, so if you've always fancied giving it a go, this is your chance! If you want to take part, email me (neil at bowers dot com) your github username, and your PAUSE id if you have one (PAUSE id is not required).

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At the London Perl Workshop, we've often had cupcakes and the like during one of the coffee breaks. LEONT suggested that I bake 200 muffins, but I couldn't see how to get that many in on the train. It did prompt an idea though: could we crowd-source cakes, cookies, and muffins from the attendees?

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Every release you do to CPAN stays in your author directory until you choose to delete it. Sometimes you might want your old releases to stay available, but most of the time you could happily delete them (they're always available on BackPAN). Space is getting short on the CPAN Master, so please tidy up your author directory. I've written a script to identify the biggest hoarders, and have started emailing the top of the list, asking them to free up some space. You can use the script to see (roughly) how much space you could free up.

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Hacktoberfest is an annual event where if you do four pull requests in the month of October you'll get a free t-shirt. Why not do your pull requests on CPAN distributions, for example to fix a bug, increase coverage of the test suite, or improve the documentation.

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Prompted by PhReiuoyx's recent blog post on CSV tools, I've released csvgrep, a simple command-line script that I use at work to quickly find things in CSV files. It's simplistic, but in a lot of situations it does what I need.

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Last week I attended the toolchain summit in Lyon, along with 38 other members of our community. For four days we were all working to make the CPAN and Perl toolchain better. This is my log of what I did.

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