Monthly Archives: July 2016

Looking for Perl software development work?

If you’re like me, (I’m a Perl software developer), from time to time, you’ll probably be interested in finding new Perl work; remote or onsite, contract or permie, whatever. You could just pop down your local jobcentre, but I’m not sure how useful that would prove. It’s almost certainly a better option to approach one of …

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AA and Snake Oil

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about AA and getting more than concerned about my (now ex-) wife’s gushing enthusiasm for Al-Anon. For those who don’t know, Al-Anon are the parallel group to the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), where Al-Anon is aimed at the friends and family of AA members. Snake Oil Personally, I’m fairly …

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Is it fixed?

When you want to know if your software is fixed, you need to check it. This may seem obvious, but the number of people who don’t bother cannot be counted. And by “check”, I don’t mean “does the fix look like it worked?” followed by “yes, then let’s deploy it”, I mean something quite different. …

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Netiquette

Netiquette, often ignored at your peril. The beast that is the Internet drives relentlessly forward, with new social media platforms coming out with an awful regularity, “me too, me too, me too”. Never has it been more important to have a firm grasp of the basics of Netiquette. Born in the 1990’s, observing simple Netiquette …

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Which God…?

Do you believe in a particular god, and if so, which god?

Generating a trace

Generating a trace with the perl debugger. Having the right tool for the job is essential. It’s all very well having a big, impressive hammer in your toolbox, but if you  ave a nut and a bolt to put together, you won’t get very far unless you have a spanner too. A trace is a report of …

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