February 2009 Archives

Al3x addresses the “why no comments?” issue a lot more eloquently than I probably would. (via wes.)

I’ve got quite a bit of stuff stashed in my private rubric instance that I’ll be working through now (or at least that’s the plan). Here’s one from the Wayback Machine: f*cking programming — using Google Code Search to find cursing in source code. Just the thing for a slow Friday afternoon…

How I learnt to love Perl sings the praises of Moose:

Moose isn’t just an equaliser to the native OOP systems of the other big dynamic languages - it’s the killer feature. People say that Catalyst is the Ruby on Rails or Django of Perl, but I disagree - Moose is the module bundle that makes Perl relevant again. There are plenty of modules on CPAN that try to make writing classes comparable to the way it’s done in other languages, but the guys behind Moose had bigger ambitions and created something that provides features that no other language matches out of the box. If you had to install something like Moose just to get what other languages offer natively, then why not just use those other languages? That’s why it’s so important that Moose offers so much more.

new digs

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You might have noticed, if you’re looking at the actual site and not reading this via a feed reader (and, frankly, if you’re reading this you’re probably looking at the site, because the feeds are totally eff’d at the moment…) that there’s a new design up. That’s merely the most visible of a number of changes that just got put into place here:

  • I moved the site’s hosting from DreamHost to a VPS hosted by linode
  • I moved the site’s content from WordPress to a home-grown “run stuff through Markdown and templates to make a bunch of static HTML files” system
  • There’s no longer a commenting system. In the ~7 years this weblog has had some sort of commenting system, I think I’ve gotten maybe 20 comments that were worthwhile … and about 30895203945809184 attempts to post spam.

    This is in marked contrast to the “good olde days”, pre-comment systems, where there were lots of meaningful, interesting, and valuable blog-to-blog conversations. I’d like to see that sort of interaction make a comeback, so no more comments on this site.

    Here shortly there will be a comment form put up, but it’s going to be a form2mail sort of thing. If you want to comment on something here, put up a post on your own weblog and then mail me a link to that.

  • There’s probably a boat load of broken stuff — this move was a bit more rushed than I would have liked, due to a need to get off the DreamHost server before another six-month billing cycle rolled around. So I’ve pulled the trigger a bit early, and like most software development, I’m still building the plane as we taxi out towards the runway. If you notice something that’s particularly annoying, feel free to IM, mail, tweet, Facebook, or dispatch a singing telegram, whichever seems most convenient for you at the time.
  • It feels good to get back into this.