Chicago Perl Mongers

Perl 6 Grammars and Logging in Perl 5

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This month, we have a special meeting: brian d foy () will be giving a talk about Perl 6 Grammars on Thursday, February 16. Grammars in Perl 6 are the evolved form of Perl 5 regular expressions that allow even more power and flexibility, while still being easier to use. RSVP for this special talk about Perl 6 Grammars on the Chicago.PM Meetup.

For our regular meeting, Doug Bell (preaction) () will be giving a talk about Logging for Programs Tiny and Large. It will cover various ways to add logging and reporting to your Perl programs, including built-ins like warn, core modules like Sys::Syslog, and CPAN modules like Log::Any and Log::Log4perl. RSVP for the talk about Logging in Perl 5 on the Chicago.PM Meetup.

We also need speakers for March and further on the rest of the year. If you're interested in talking for 20 minutes or 40 minutes about any topic at least tangentially related to developing software with Perl, e-mail me or sign-up on our spreadsheet. If you'd like to contribute, but don't know what to talk about, check out our list of talk ideas.

MetaCPAN Hackathon in Chicago

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Olaf Alders has announced meta::hack, a MetaCPAN hackathon in Chicago. MetaCPAN is the best place to search for CPAN modules, and includes lots of useful information like documentation, links to the source repository and bug tracker, and a summary of CPAN Testers results.

Much like the Perl QA Hackathon, this event will get the core MetaCPAN team together to achieve a few targeted goals. The biggest current goal is to get the platform upgraded to ElasticSearch version 2, but other, smaller tasks may come up as well.

If you can help, sponsor the meta::hack hackathon. Sponsorship will help pay for travel expenses for the team so they can concentrate on making MetaCPAN better.

Accepting Payments on the Web

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This month, Noel Rappin will be talking about accepting payments on the web:

Your customers have money, and you’d like them to give it to you. Payment gateways, such as Stripe, Braintree, and Paypal, make it easy to start charging credit cards and get the money flowing. But charging cards is only the beginning. You need to worry that your app responds gracefully to service failures, since charging a customer for a failed transaction is bad. You need to guard against fraud and security breaches. You need administrative tools that are flexible but secure. You want to test against external services. And you’ll run up against the law. Learn from some of my mistakes and build a robust financial application.

Noel Rappin is the Director of Development at [Table XI]. Noel has authored multiple technical books, including "Rails 4 Test Prescriptions", "Trust-Driven Development", and the forthcoming "Take My Money: Accepting Payments on the Web". Follow Noel on Twitter @noelrap, and online at http://www.noelrappin.com.