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acid06 (917409) writes "Meet Daniil Kulchenko. He was an HTML programmer at age six. He was a freelance Linux systems administrator at 11. And at 15, he founded his first business: Phenona, a platform-as-a-service for building and hosting Perl applications.
Now, Kulchenko has sold Phenona to dynamic language specialist ActiveState for an undisclosed sum. ActiveState was founded in 1997, making it one-year younger than Kulchenko, who is still a high school student in Seattle, Washington. One day, he plans on getting a computer-science degree.
Kulchenko is joining ActiveState's developer team on a part-time basis to help with the company's transformation into cloud outfit for Perl, Python, and Tcl developers. Kulchenko is Phenona's only employee.
Kulchenko said he started Phenona in response to the sporadic nature of his freelance work. He wanted to create a "long lasting business people would find useful."
"I saw the Heroku model [for Ruby] and thought: I could do this for Perl," he said. It was his dad, a proficient Perl programmer, who got him coding on early Perl apps at seven. A year earlier, his mum had started him on HTML." Link to Original Source top
Rakudo Star is aimed at "early adopters" of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren't implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These "Star" releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo's implementation of it.
Notable new features are: better Unicode support, proper support for time after the Y2038 barrier, new APIs to allow developers to extend Perl with "pluggable" keywords and syntax, warnings for deprecated features and more.
From the linked post:
This release cycle marks a change to a time-based release process. Beginning with version 5.11.0, we make a new development release of Perl available on the 20th of each month. Each spring, we will release a new stable version of Perl. One month later, we will make a minor update to deal with any issues discovered after the initial ".0" release. Future releases in the stable series will follow quarterly. In contrast to releases of Perl, maintenance releases will contain fixes
for issues discovered after the.0 release, but will not include new features or behavior.
"In all other countries, listening to Last.fm Radio will soon require a subscription of 3.00 per month. There will be a 30 track free trial, and we hope this will convince people to subscribe and keep listening to the radio. Everything else on Last.fm (scrobbling, recommendations, charts, biographies, events, videos etc.) will remain free in all countries, like it is now."
Comments on that blog post from Last.fm employees suggest that a worldwide license for internet radio streaming is costing them more than what they can afford: "These are the countries in which we have the most resources to support an ad sales organization, which is how we earn money to pay artists and labels for their music. We are focused on the US, UK, and Germany as key markets, with the help of the CBS Interactive salesforce and our own sales team here in London. Our headquarters are in the UK and we've always had a strong presence in DE."" Link to Original Source top
From the posting: "Perl 5.10 isn't just a bug fix version: it's full of new features that I'm eager to use: named captures in regular expressions, state variables for subroutines, the defined-or operator, a switch statement (called given-when, though), a faster regex engine, and more. You can read more about the changes in perldelta."
acid06 writes "According to the recently launched site, "Grokbase is all about reading mailing list archives your way. Multiple display options are available. Bookmarking and tagging allows you to share, note and promote articles you find valuable." Could this sort of thing actually improve the current "no one searches the archives" syndrome that seems to plague every mailing list in existence?"