Remote perl developers amid the CoViD-19

We’re in the middle of a *global* pandemic with the coronavirus running riot around the world. Most countries have implemented some form of “lockdown”, forbidding their citizens to gather in large numbers, or congregate together. There was a time when self-satisfied westerners looked askance at the Chinese tourists wandering around European cities with their face … Read more

Can you make it go faster, again?

You know how it is when management asks you to make an existing program go faster, it’s almost always a challenge which is taken up with enthusiasm. You get to explore the codebase, try out new approaches, fix those long clunky if statements, rationalize the code, all within the constraints of maintaining backward compatibility, and utilizing your … Read more

File::Data v1.20 released

File::Data – interface to file data DESCRIPTION Wraps all the accessing of a file into a convenient set of calls for reading and writing data, including a simple regex interface. Note that the file needs to exist prior to using this module! See new() SYNOPSIS use strict; use File::Data; my $o_dat = File::Data->new(‘./t/example’); $o_dat->write(“complete file … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more