Perl 5: Postcards from the Edge

Ricardo Signes (
Location: E145 Level: Novice
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In Perl 5’s development, all changes land in the “blead” branch first: the bleading edge. Each year, more of these changes escape the blead branch and land in the year’s stable release of perl. Over the course of that year, they’re tested, argued over, redesigned, and then either accepted or rejected.

In this talk, Perl 5’s project manager will report on the year’s work, giving demonstrations of the new features added to Perl 5.18 as well as the old features marked for removal. We’ll look at features on the horizon for the next year or two.

All these changes go through the perl5-porters mailing list, an exciting, excited, sometimes dysfunctional collection of programmers and devotees, and we’ll talk about how that group works or doesn’t work, and what we’re trying to do to keep things awesome.

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Ricardo Signes

Ricardo Signes was thrust into the job market with only a rudimentary humanities education, and was forced to learn to fend for himself. He is now a full-time Perl programmer, frequent contributor to the CPAN, and project manager for the Perl 5 programming language.


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