why sigils are great

September 5, 2008

Last night at ABE.pm, I was talking a little bit with The Gang about some of the things I came to believe while doing the same thing in multiple languages. In explaining some of the issues I have with Ruby, both the scope of variables and the resolution of methods, this example came to me:

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rx and module::pluggable; thanks, cpan testers!

September 3, 2008

There’s been a fresh outburst of acrimony about how CPAN testers just send unpleasant and useless email to people who don’t care and can’t benefit. Coincidentally, I got one of the most useful bug reports I’ve gotten in a long time from an automated tester.

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things learned while implementing rx

September 3, 2008

Rx was a lot of fun to implement. It’s all about data in memory, not representation in files, so I got to design it that way, too. I spent a lot of time thinking about what the various kinds of in-memory structures were that I’d need to validate, and then I’d think about how to represent schemata to validate them.

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validation is now easy

August 31, 2008

Okay, the title might be a filthy lie, but it’s just a reference to my previous posting about the fact that I couldn’t find a single data validation system (read: schemata) for JSON-like data. I found plenty of schema languages for XML, one for YAML that was never going to be suitably cross-platform, and one for JSON (json-schema) that seemed over complicated and likely to become unmaintainable, and then some other things that don’t warrant much mention.

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when to localize $@?

August 29, 2008

Today I spent a good while trying to figure out why I wasn’t seeing a runtime error from code that looked like this (grossly simplified):

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my new favorite irssi plugin

August 28, 2008

I don’t like to use the /ignore command. First of all, I very rarely choose to frequent an IRC channel with anyone I really can’t stomach. Also, as you ignore more people, conversation begins to become incomprehensible, because threads of conversation start and you can’t tell why or who all is involved.

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the php quick function reference

August 23, 2008

The PHP quick reference lists all the built-in functions – all 5274 of them. It just links you to the manual page for that function. This HTML document is over four hundred kilobytes in size.

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tool sharpening fail: notebook / idea management

August 17, 2008

At work, we recently moved our internal project and defect tracking from Trac to LiquidPlanner. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: LiquidPlanner is fantastic. It’s really helping get an eye on what’s going on.

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rjbs goes blog shopping

August 17, 2008

The canonical source for my journal posts is at rjbs.manxome.org in my Rubric install. Rubric doesn’t do comments, though, and I am really, really not interested in adding that feature. That’s why I syndicate to use.perl.org.

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