This month, Jason A Crome (cromedome) () will be showing the work he's done on a Perl web client for the Parsely RPG system. Parsely games are much like the text adventures of yore. Jason will go over how Perl helped him build the client, and the modules and design decisions that went into the project.
RSVP on the Chicago.PM Meetup. Doors open at 6:30pm. Talk starts at 7:00pm.
This month, Doug Bell will be talking about a CSS feature newly-supported by browsers: The flexible box (flexbox). Flexboxes makes laying out rows or columns fast and easy. Simple things become much easier, and even complex layouts become simple and responsive for a variety of display devices like phones and tablets. If you haven't learned anything about CSS in the last few years, or if you know the pain of using CSS floats, come learn about flexbox!
Doug Bell has been developing websites since the time of table layouts and spacer GIFs (pronounced "jifs"). He's developed websites professionally for 10 years, and is the organizer of the #css support community on the Freenode IRC network.
This month is The Perl Conference (formerly YAPC). Because of this, we have to move our meeting to June 29th. At the meeting we'll discuss the talks and announcements from the conference over food and drinks! RSVP for the meeting on our Meetup page.
If you haven't already, be sure to join the Chicago Perl Mongers on Slack using http://chicagotechslack.com. We're in the #perl channel, and I'll be talking about the things I see at the conference.
This month's presentation will be on MySQL Database Performance:
Let's face it, when it comes to databases, developers and DBAs don't often see eye-to-eye. This talk will help bridge the gap using a common goal, "Database Performance".
If you're a developer, you've probably used a query that was performing poorly. Many times the solution is seeking help from a DBA. The DBA performs some magic behind a curtain, and all the sudden the query is running fast. Wouldn't it be nice to take a peek behind the curtain to see the magic being performed? During this talk, we'll discuss several aspects of the database that can affect performance. This includes schema design, indexes, and queries. We'll also look at some real life examples of slow performance and performance solutions.
Jeremy Glick is a MySQL Database Engineer at ZipRecruiter. Before that, he worked as a consultant for various technology companies with systems ranging from dozens to hundreds of database servers. Jeremy is also the organizer of the Chicago MySQL Meetup. He holds multiple MySQL certifications and is a RedHat RHCE.
Due to Joel and Doug being at the Perl Toolchain Summit, we have to cancel the Office Hours this month. We'll have Office Hours again next month.
Building, testing, and deploying actual systems is more complex than merely writing a program. Real testing often needs to be done against databases of known large or problematic datasets. A test environment cannot affect production data. Staging even minor changes, so we can preview and find errors before moving to production servers, can prevent expensive errors. The "best practices" in this field are relatively new and still changing, and we look at the first steps from "I built this mockup last night" by building the test suite for a simple database-driven file-upload service with Mojolicious.
William Lindley has been hacking computers (in the good sense) since 1977, a database advocate since dBase II and PostgreSQL-predecessor Ingres in the 1980s, a Perl monger since 1994, and a free-software promoter since first getting Linux to run XWindows in 1995.
If time permits, Doug Bell (preaction) () will show a simple app to mock JSON REST APIs for testing using Mojolicious.
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
Log::Log4perl. RSVP for the
talk about Logging in Perl 5 on the Chicago.PM
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.
This month, Joel Berger () will
give a talk on Perl variable scoping rules, including the
local keywords, how they work, and some interesting ways they can
The MetaCPAN hackathon here in Chicago has come and gone, and those who participated have written about what they accomplished. All the after-hackathon reports are linked on the meta::hack page. From our own members, Doug Bell wrote about his meta::hack accomplishments and Joel Berger also wrote about his meta::hack accomplishments. Thanks to the sponsors who made meta::hack happen.
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.