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Comment Re:Perl has died in industry. (Score 1) 235

I'm glad your python experience is working out for you. My experience with major rewrites is that they tend to put a company out of business. So best of luck. However I don't believe the fact that Perl wasn't working for you any longer is proof that "People just aren't using it for anything more than 10-line throwaway scripts." Additionally, the existence or lack of existence of a Perl version 6 has not stopped the majority of working Perl programmers from continuing to improve and modernize the language they are using everyday. Perl, built around modern technologies such as DBIx::Class, Moose and Catalyst (see http://www.enlightenedperl.org/project.html for a good starting list of newer Perl projects intended to modernize the language) is powering many high traffic web sites. For a good list check out:http://dev.catalystframework.org/wiki/sitesrunningcatalyst

Highlights would include BBC iplayer (getting millions of regular hits).

So people are building new, high traffic websites with modern Perl, and continuing to add on and expand their existing Perl based websites. So if you already have a big Perl codebase, this is a great time to get involved in the community and see what we can do together.

Perl

Submission + - Perl Catalyst Reaches Version 5.8 Milestone!

jjn1056 writes: "Catalyst 5.8 released!

An Elegant and Powerful MVC Framework for Perl

Catalyst is the fast-growing and premier web development framework for Perl. For the past twelve months we've been working hard to bring out the 5.8 release. Developers and managers alike will love the new features, continued stability, and highly adaptable framework.

Catalyst has the flexibility to connect any technology. From templating language to database layer to JavaScript framework, it makes integration easy. In this release we've also integrated the Moose Object system, the most advanced and useable object-oriented framework available today.

Companies are turning to Catalyst as the web application technology which scales for the full application lifecycle. From small sites to major players like BBC iPlayer, Catalyst is the way to go. Catalyst is proven and in production, serving millions of page views per day and thousands of requests per second.

Catalyst 5.8 is fully tested and backward compatible to version 4.3. Our focus on stability ensures your application can take advantage of future improvements.

Join our vibrant and active community.

It's fast and easy to get started.

For more information and suggested reading regarding this release, see http://dev.catalystframework.org/wiki/releaseannouncements.

For getting started with Catalyst see http://catalystframework.org/.

For the official version of this press release see http://dev.catalystframework.org/wiki/releaseannouncements/58pressrelease"

Comment Re:Backup, Replication and Archiving (Score 2, Insightful) 274

When all your salesforce wants Their blackberry email and calenders seamlessly synchronized with multiple desktops or notebooks, and when you need to be able to wipe a blackberry remotely when it's lost or stolen, then exchange starts to buy something for you.

Particularly the mobile support and the ability to create meeting notices with people not even on your network is very valuable

Comment Re:Surprise. (Score 1) 1038

I agree with you about geography and math and that religious issues aren't the huge factor that they're made out to be by some critics.

I also think that private schools can do a great job of educating, but I think that in most cases their performance roughly parallels the public schools in their neighborhoods.

And I think many private schools have other means of cash in order to charge less in tuition than some public schools spend in tuition. For example, many are religious schools that use religious facilities. Also, teacher pay in private schools is usually about half that of public schools, at least in California, which mainly limits the available pool of teachers to those with spouses that have better-paying jobs. Head Royce, a well-known private school in Oakland, charges about $27,000 tuition per year in its high school, three times the figure you cite, probably almost four times the local rate, since California has among the poorest school funding in the nation. Every school is not Head Royce, but I mention it because such schools are often pointed out to illustrate the superiority of private solutions.

On the other hand, I don't discount your intuitions about government. The whole school board system is problematical, I feel. There should be some other way to provide local control without putting any old Tom Dick and Mary in charge of the schools. I also feel that one of the biggest barriers to progress in this country is a sort-of collusion between government and textbook publishers and test publishers, neither or whom has any interest in changing the system.

Witness what happened at the hands of politicians when real reform gained a toehold in California back during the eighties.

Most teachers I know and also the teacher's unions I've had contact with, are very heavily into reform based on research. It's the intractable resistance from the government, again, at the behest of entrenched publishers, that is the conservative force here.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 390

People have been saying Perl's declining since 1999. Last time I checked Perl was still one of the most popular languages among the scripting languages and I don't see much of a decline. What Perl is bad at is advocacy and PR. Most of the best Perl people are really busy doing stuff, not blogging or doing other things to help raise awareness.

I'm not sure why Ruby/Python/PHP people feel the need to beat on Perl... the real competition is .Net and Java. Last time I checked Java was several times more popular than all the scripting languages combined. It would actually be a good idea for all of us to work together.

Comment It was not live (Score 1) 499

Was this true only online, or also in the live broadcast?"

I don't care about the order of the athletes so much as the fact that they didn't broadcast it live at all. I had hoped to have watched it at the same time as my friends in Beijing, but was unable to do this. As far as I know, the USA is the only country who failed to broadcast the opening when it really happened. (some, like Canada, broadcast it twice - in real time and later a repeat in the evening.)

In the old days (don't call me geezer!) they did lots of live broadcasting, and, while it was a strain to get up in the middle of the night to see it, there's something about that experience that brings home a real sense of the world, and how big it is. In this case, there's a sense of wonder to the idea that you're watching something at the same time as people all around the world. NBC, unsurprisingly but no less disgustingly, prefers profit over human fellowship.

Of course, if you disagree with my point of view, that's no problem - you can just record it if it's broadcast live in the middle of the night.

What's even more frustrating is that I was unable to find an unblocked stream in another country so I could watch it on my computer. I found out later that some German stations hadn't blocked it. There was an article in the New York times today how NBC kept playing internet "whack a mole" with those who knew how to find a way around their blocking. Well, so much for the idea that the Internet is free. Kind of feels like the West must have felt when they fenced it all in.

actually I'm going to China soon, and I was going to start studying methods of circumventing China's great firewall. I wish I'd started already. Maybe I could (ironically) have used those methods to circumvent the great NBC firewall and watched the feeds from China or Canada.

Unix

Submission + - SCO's Darl McBride: "It's not the end of the l (linuxinsider.com)

oahazmatt writes: In an interview with LinuxInsider, Darl McBride had some interesting things to say about SCO, recent judgements, the future of the company and how it's a rather exciting time to be a SCO employee. "It's like the boxer who has come out of the ring after getting all beaten up, and he comes over to his trainer and says, 'The guy didn't touch me.' And the trainer says, 'Then you better keep your eye on the ref, because somebody's beating the living hell out of you.'"

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