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- Current State of Exceptions in Rakudo and Perl 6
- Meet DBIish, a Perl 6 Database Interface
- doc.perl6.org and p6doc
- Exceptions Grant Report for May 2012
- Exceptions Grant Report -- Final update
- Perl 6 Hackathon in Oslo: Be Prepared!
- Localization for Exception Messages
- News in the Rakudo 2012.05 release
- News in the Rakudo 2012.06 release
- Perl 6 Hackathon in Oslo: Report From The First Day
- Perl 6 Hackathon in Oslo: Report From The Second Day
- Quo Vadis Perl?
- Rakudo Hack: Dynamic Export Lists
- SQLite support for DBIish
- Stop The Rewrites!
- Upcoming Perl 6 Hackathon in Oslo, Norway
- A small regex optimization for NQP and Rakudo
- Pattern Matching and Unpacking
- Rakudo's Abstract Syntax Tree
- The REPL trick
- First day at YAPC::Europe 2013 in Kiev
- YAPC Europe 2013 Day 2
- YAPC Europe 2013 Day 3
- A new Perl 6 community server - call for funding
- New Perl 6 community server now live, accepting signups
- A new Perl 6 community server - update
- All Perl 6 modules in a box
- doc.perl6.org: some stats, future directions
- Profiling Perl 6 code on IRC
- Why is it hard to write a compiler for Perl 6?
- Writing docs helps you take the user's perspective
- A shiny perl6.org site
- Creating an entry point for newcomers
- An offer for software developers: free IRC logging
- Announcing try.rakudo.org, an interactive Perl 6 shell in your browser
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- Blackjack and Perl 6
- Why I commit Crud to the Perl 6 Test Suite
- This Week's Contribution to Perl 6 Week 5: Implement Str.trans
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- This Week's Contribution to Perl 6 Week 7: Implement try.rakudo.org
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- Report from the Perl 6 Hackathon in Copenhagen
- Custom operators in Rakudo
- A Perl 6 Date Module
- Defined Behaviour with Undefined Values
- Dissecting the "Starry obfu"
- The case for distributed version control systems
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- Perl 6 Compiler Feature Matrix
- The first Perl 6 module on CPAN
- A Foray into Perl 5 land
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- First Grant Report: Structured Error Messages
- Second Grant Report: Structured Error Messages
- Third Grant Report: Structured Error Messages
- Fourth Grant Report: Structured Error Messages
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- How fast is Rakudo's "nom" branch?
- Building a Huffman Tree With Rakudo
- Immutable Sigils and Context
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- Mini-Challenge: Write Your Prisoner's Dilemma Strategy
- Longest Palindrome by Regex
- Perl 6: Lost in Wonderland
- Lots of momentum in the Perl 6 community
- Monetize Perl 6?
- Musings on Rakudo's spectest chart
- My first executable from Perl 6
- My first YAPC - YAPC::EU 2010 in Pisa
- Trying to implement new operators - failed
- Programming Languages Are Not Zero Sum
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- Notes from the YAPC::EU 2010 Rakudo hackathon
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- How to get a parse tree for a Perl 6 Program
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- Set Phasers to Stun!
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- Recent Perl 6 Developments August 2008
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Tue, 10 Apr 2012
Perl 6 Hackathon in Oslo: Be Prepared!
The Oslo Perl Mongers invite to the Perl 6 Patterns Hackathon in Oslo. I have previously suggested that we hack on database connectivity, and so far only got positive feedback. If you want to help, here is what you can do to be prepared:
- Get a github account
- Build and install Rakudo
- Build and install zavolaj/NativeCall
- download MiniDBI
- install and prepare databases to talk to
To hack efficiently on those projects, and to benefit from last-minute fixes, you should obtain Rakudo, NativeCall and MiniDBI from their git source repositories -- that last release is already outdated.
Here are the instructions in detail. If at any point you run into problems, feel free to ask on the #perl6 IRC channel or the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
Get a Github account
Build and install Rakudo
This step is described well on the Rakudo homepage. Please follow the instruction in section "Building the compiler from source".
For the following steps it is important that you have a fresh
perl6 executable file in your $PATH. If you have downloaded
/home/you/p6/rakudo/, you can run the command
(and put it in your ~/.bashrc file if you want it permanently available, not just in this shell).
Build and install zavolaj/NativeCall
NativeCall.pm is the high-level interface for calling C functions from Perl 6 code. Install it:
$ git clone git://github.com/jnthn/zavolaj.git $ cd zavolaj $ cp lib/NativeCall.pm6 ~/.perl6/lib/
If you download and install ufo, you can use it create a
Makefile for zavolaj. Then you can also run
make test. On Linux it might not find the
test libraries (which is mostly harmless, because you usually call libraries
that are installed into your operating system, like those from mysql or
postgres). In this case you should run
That's not hard at all:
$ git clone git://github.com/mberends/MiniDBI.git
Install and Prepare Databases
So far, MiniDBI has (somewhat limited) support for mysql and postgres. Since it is always easiest to start from (at least somewhat) working code, I strongly recommend that you install at least one of those database engines.
Most modern Linux systems allow an easy installation via the package manager, and there are installers available for other operating systems. Be sure to also install the headers or development files if they come as extra packages.
root user, run these statements:
CREATE DATABASE zavolaj; CREATE USER 'testuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'testpass'; GRANT SELECT ON mysql.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost'; GRANT CREATE ON zavolaj.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost'; GRANT DROP ON zavolaj.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost'; GRANT INSERT ON zavolaj.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost'; GRANT DELETE ON zavolaj.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost'; GRANT LOCK TABLES ON zavolaj.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost'; GRANT SELECT ON zavolaj.* TO 'testuser'@'localhost';
psql as the
postgres user and run these
CREATE DATABASE zavolaj; CREATE ROLE testuser LOGIN PASSWORD 'testpass'; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE zavolaj TO testuser;
You should now be able to connect with:
psql --host=localhost --dbname=zavolaj --username=testuser --password
(psql will ask you for the password. Enter
If you want to work on a backend for another database, it helps to have that database installed. Sqlite is an obvious choice (easy to install, zero setup), but of course there are other free database too, like firebird.
There is a lot of stuff to do. What follows is only a loose, incomplete collection of ideas.
- Fix the postgres backend to actually pass its tests
- Both mysql and postgres backends don't implement placeholders properly; change them (or one of them) to pass the placeholder values out of band.
- Write an sqlite backend
- Currently the user builds a DSN ("data source name") string out of the driver name, database name, db host name and so on, and then the driver parses it again. One could change that to pass all the information as named parameters instead.
- Improve test coverage. For example test that numbers round-trip with the correct types.
- Write a small application that uses a database. That's the best way to see if MiniDBI and the backends work.