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Hawaii 2009

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Beh... questa volta siamo andati davvero lontano, e ci siamo anche fermati quasi un mese.

Ecco dunque il solito diario che contiene un mix di indicazioni turistiche, prezzi, fatti nostri, curiosità ed impressione sulla nostra esperienza alle Hawaii.

Al solito, perdonatemi gli errori di digitazione e... buona lettura!

Due righe per indicare che abbiamo finalmente stabilizzato le date della YAPC::Europe 2010, la principale conferenza europea sul linguaggio Perl che quest'anno per la prima volta si terrà in Italia (a pisa):

4-6 Agosto 2010

L'evento è particolarmente rilevante, poiché riunisce i principali sviluppatori europei, ed anche la presenza extra-europea è notevole. La scorsa edizione, tenutasi a Lisbona, ha chiuso sopra i 320 iscritti.

Spero che i lettori del mio blog appassionati di programmazione vorranno cogliere l'occasione e partecipare all'evento, adatto sia ad esperti che principianti!

Maggior informazioni saranno presto disponibili sul sito dell'evento (in restyiling) e sul feed twitter

In this post I'd like to point out some things related to Nordest Perl Mongers, as Andrew Shitov asked PM group coordinators to do. This will mainly be a short explanation of what we done in 2009 and what we plan to do in 2010.

Nordest.pm is a Perl Mongers group which covers the North-Eastern ("Nordest" in Italian) part of Italy. The group rose from the ashes of previous attempts to form a Perl group (such as Venice.pm and Pordenone.pm, which do not exist anymore).

What happened in 2009

2009 was not a very active year for the group itself, but not really because we're not active. Fact is that the most interesting part of our activity is done with the other Italian perl mongers as a part of Perl.It, which is now also a registered association. We organized the 2009 Italian Perl Workshop with the other Perl.It folks, and we're going to organize YAPC::Eu 2010 this year.

The 2009 activity of Nordest Perl Mongers mostly revolved around our mailing list: members reviewed some books and posted links to reviews there. Again, however, most Perl discussion (including IRC chat) happens in Perl.It space.

I gave a talk at the Open Source Day in Udine regarding how Modern Perl is a different concept than what many people who don't know Perl think of it. The talk went well, and was widely appreciated, so I hope it'll be helpful for the language in this area.

We were able to hold a couple of informal meetings, that is to say a couple of lunches. There was never enough technical talk in those occasions, but it was still good to meet the other folks (some work abroad, so you don't see them really every day ;-)).

What we plan to do in 2010

I have some ideas for 2010, even though I'm quite sure some of what we plan will skip to 2011, mainly because of the work we have to do for YAPC::Eu organization in Pisa.

One of the things we must work on more than else, is on recruiting new members and try to be more "local", so that we can organize more frequent meetings (a monthly basis would be great). North-Eastern Italy is fairly big and it takes some effort to meet: being more would mean that we could have some local "sub-groups", and everything would be easier.

I plan to keep on giving talks at events related to open source in my area. There are not really a lot, but there's always something (Linux-related mostly, but would do) scattered along the year.

There's also the idea to organize an event dedicated to "dynamic and functional" languages which could have some appeal. For this we need to talk with folks programming Haskell, Python, etc.

Well, I think this is enough for now! ;-)

Ultimamente c'è molto fermento nella comunità Perl: ciò si manifesta, tra l'altro, nel crescente numero blog più o meno dedicati al linguaggio (ancora pochi in italiano, purtroppo), nonché dal successo di iniziative tipo l' Iron Man Challenge.

Fino a qualche mese fa, tuttavia, l'immagine che fornivano i siti "istituzionali" della comunità Perl era un po'... obsoleta. Guardate ad esempio questo, fortunatamente ora visibile solo su Web Archive. ;-)

Recentemente sono stati completamente ridisegnati questi siti:

http://www.perl.org/
http://lists.perl.org/
http://www.perl6.org/

che forniscono una prima immagine decisamente più ordinata e coerente del linguaggio.

Quindi... quale momento migliore per approfondire la conoscenza di Perl? Visitate perl.org, iscrivetevi alle mailing list oppure... se preferite l'italiano, visitate Perl.It.

Sympa version 6

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Sympa, the mailing list manager written in Perl, reached version 6 last October (latest version is currently 6.0.1)

Version 5 is already far superior to most other mailing list software including the widespread GNU Mailman. Sympa also enjoys a much more active development than Mailman, which has been stuck at maintenance releases of version 2.1 for many years.

Version 6, first of all, features a brand new web interface. You take a look at it here:

http://demo.sympa.org/sympa

The mailing daemon went through a rewrite and it now allows parallel sending of e-mail, both on a single server or with multiple servers. It's behaviour is fully customizable.

Most configuration features are now in the database and not in text files: this makes it possible to edit most parameters directly through the web interface.

Other improvements include stronger security, list cloning, translations in a variety of languages, personalized moderation of messages and improved spam handling.

The Sympa folks also created a VMWare virtual machine which allows you to bootstrap a working Sympa environment - so that you're ready to go within minutes.

Questa è la traduzione di questo mio articolo in inglese.

Quindi volete scrivere un'applicazione per questo social network controverso ma abbondantemente utilizzato. La buona notizia è che potete usare che linguaggio vi pare per fare ciò, poiché le applicazioni per Facebook risiedono su un server di vostra scelta e si tratta semplicemente di configurare FB affiché mappi l'applicazione alla URL sul vostro server.

I linguaggi più comunemente utilizzati per estendere Facebook sono FBML (un linguaggio di markup da inserirsi direttamente nella pagine che si creano) e PHP. Noi utilizziamo il nostro preferito, cioè Perl.

Questo breve articolo illustra come creare qualcosa di molto semplice. Spero che comunque questo post diventi semplicemente la prima parte di una serie di articoli dove possiamo sviluppare applicazioni più complesse.

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