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Digital Cleanup 2017

At this time of year I try and avoid the whole new years resolution, get fit, do more trap. What I do do is clean up after the previous year and that normally informs what I want to achieve in the new year. So that is what I am currently […]

A perlish post to close out 2017

This year has been a strong Perl one for me, YAPC::EU, LPW, CPAN PRC, Scientist, Perl::Critic::Policy::Perlsecret and just this fine evening Lingua::Postcodes… and of course being lucky enough to be able to write Perl 5 days a week in my $dayjob. Lingua::Postcodes is a new module inspired in part by Lingua::EN::Inflect and […]

YAPC::EU 2016, The Perl Conference.

  I recently attended the Europan Perl Conference, YAPC::EU. This was held in Cluj-Napoca in Romania and was a brilliant experience and I’d like to thank everyone involved in putting the event together, running it and the participants that made it such an enjoyable event for me. I was fortunate […]

Speaking at YAPC:EU 2016

YAPC:EU 2016

As with any multi-year/multi-decade software project, we have legacy and new code. The older “legacy” code often is by our own definition “very scary”. When we visit this scary code we have developed ways and tools to make this both easier and safer. My talk will be covering the approach […]

Project Mini-Me

So this week ended a 63 week project I started in January 2015. The project? To lose weight; specifically to get back to 81kg. This post is a summary of how it went, how I tackled the project and what I learnt along the way. Tl;dr: 11.5kg lost. Set goals, […]

Perl CPAN month.

So this month I was allocated Test::Simple as part of the CPAN pull request challenge. As the sneaky devil I am; I thought I’d pull a fast one on the development team I work in and suggested we have a evening event to learn about the CPAN Pull Request Challenge […]

Hello https://metacpan.org/release/Scientist

I am pleased to release on the unsuspecting internet a new CPAN module: https://metacpan.org/release/Scientist This is a Perl 5 implementation of the ideas described in the Ruby gem released by the good people at GitHub (http://githubengineering.com/scientist/). Scientist is a module that helps with testing of refactored code. Basically it runs two […]

Node + Express + Jade = Win!

Recently I have been commuting to work via a train rather than by car. Which has been quite good in terms of me having time to work on my Judo related side projects. As I mentioned in my last post I am working on an exciting project for the Judo […]

$DayJob Update.

A quick update I thought was in order; and this time I thought I would reflect a little bit on my $DayJob, the agile processes we employ, my role and how the company’s continued growth affects all the above. So as I think I have mentioned elsewhere, I am the […]

September 2015…

Seriously, no posts since February!! Okay, so not a lot has happened, life has continued and I have got older. My role in my $dayjob has evolved once more and the team I am the “Development Team Leader” has grown by two developers. I have dropped out of the CPAN […]