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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

PlainBlack Modern Perl is worth your time and consideration (519 comments)

First, I should state that it's really not about the language, it's about the coder. You can build great and crappy things with any language. And every language has it's warts.

That said, the best language I've used in the past 20 years of programming has got to be Modern Perl. Not the chicken scratch Perl you saw 5 or 10 years ago, but Modern Perl. Here are some of the strengths of modern Perl:

It's object system: https://metacpan.org/module/Moose
It's web frameworks, especially Dancer: https://metacpan.org/module/Dancer
It's ORM: https://metacpan.org/module/DBIx::Class
It's package installer: https://metacpan.org/module/App::cpanminus


And so much more. Do yourself a favor and at least have a look at Perl.

about 2 years ago
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Browsers — the Gaming Platform of the Future?

PlainBlack Agreed (95 comments)

Check out The Lacuna Expanse, a browser, iPhone, and iPad game that doesn't at all feel like a browser game.

more than 3 years ago
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Joomla! 1.5 Development Cookbook

PlainBlack Try WebGUI (32 comments)

WebGUI is a much more powerful CMS than Joomla, and it's much easier to write plugins for.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?

PlainBlack The Game Crafter (531 comments)

No Apple hasn't, The Game Crafter has created the perfect board game platform.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Rejects Nine Inch Nails iPhone App

PlainBlack They reject everything for stupid reasons (397 comments)

We were rejected because somehow Polaroid might object to our online photo sharing application. All Apple would say was:

"WebGUI Gallery appears to include features that associate with POLAROID or resemble Polaroid photographs. Polaroid has previously objected to other applications that include such features and believes that they infringe its rights."

We don't mention Polaroid, we don't produce physical pictures. The only thing that could be construed as being related to Polaroid is the template that we used on the web site, which has a white border around the photograph. So if now all white bordered photographs resemble Polaroid's IP, I think that the whole world is in trouble.

more than 4 years ago

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AWS Offline in Region 1 (US Virginia)

PlainBlack PlainBlack writes  |  about 2 years ago

PlainBlack writes "Amazon Web Services are offline in Region 1 (US Virginia). It started as a failure of EBS (the disk array), but since nearly all other services make use of it, it's a cascading failure of everything."
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YAPC will be Streamed Live for Free

PlainBlack PlainBlack writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PlainBlack writes "Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC) will be streamed live on the net for free on June 13 through the 15th. If you want to brush up your Perl skills but can't make it to a conference, check out the live feed."
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Open Volunteers, Closed Product

PlainBlack PlainBlack writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PlainBlack (594355) writes "I've all of the sudden found myself in a weird position. My company recently released close sourced a game with an open API. We open sourced the client for it. And now we're getting volunteers asking if they can help contribute to the server, which is still closed. We can't open source the server, but it's also hard turning down knowledgable help, especially when it comes for free. My business partners and I are confounded as to what to do. Is there some sort of half-measure that others have employed in such a situation, or are we unique?"
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Release Early, Release Often No More

PlainBlack PlainBlack writes  |  about 4 years ago

PlainBlack (594355) writes "I guess the old open source mantra of release early, release often no longer applies, at least on Freshmeat. I just received this email from Freshmeat:

Subject: WebGUI: Releases too often
Since this project has had a front page announcement within the last few days, this second release will not appear on the front page. Subscribers to the project will still be notified."

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Lulu.com For Games

PlainBlack PlainBlack writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PlainBlack writes "From Board Game Designers Forum: The big news today is that we've refined our production process so that we can offer you, the game designers of the world, the ability to get professional production copies of your game, one copy at a time. You design your game as normal, then upload the files on thegamecrafter.com. From there you can add parts such as pawns, tokens and dice to your game. You can order copies at cost for yourself, and you can also publish your game for sale in our online store. ... At the end of each month you'll get a royalty payment for each game we sell."
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Sci-Fi Tech We Could Have If...

PlainBlack PlainBlack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PlainBlack writes "Possibility isn't limited by technology. And it's certainly not limited by human imagination. What makes something impossible is the lack of cold, hard, cash. Wired blog takes a look at 10 science fiction technologies we could build, if they weren't so expensive. Or if we hadn't wasted our money on fighting wars, the dot-com bubble, and super bowl ads."
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