The Open Source Census is apparently open for testing; it looks to be an attempt to quantify the usage of open source software, worldwide – a difficult goal, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy.Â (Via A Year in the Life…)Â Someone want to see if their Discovery Tool works on DragonFly?
Larry Wall’s most recent State of the Onion on perl.com gives an interesting rundown of his experience with scripting languages. No Perl experience required to get the history lesson. His description of PHP is especially good:
We’ve also seen the rise of PHP, which takes the worse-is-better approach to dazzling new depths, as it were. By and large PHP seems to be making the same progression of mistakes as early Perl did, only slower.
Hasso Tepper has been looking at the bugs database for DragonFly and started to categorize some of the remaining issues.Â If you posted any of these bugs (i.e. through a mail to the bugs@ mailing list), please check through his message and mention if the issue is still current.
wrote a ‘pkg_search‘ utility that runs a bit more easily than ‘bmake search’ for finding packages in pkgsrc. It’s available from his site, which has a number of other utilities and papers on it worth reading.
It was recently noted that the BBC created their own version of an “On Rails” system, using Perl.Â While it’s not that dramatic, as similar and highly polished systems already exist, it’s interesting to see that larger corporations seem to always progress towards, not away from, open source and sharing code.