Parrot 1.0 Said to Speak Your Virtual Language

Mar 19, 2009

After years of development, version 1.0 of the Parrot virtual machine has arrived for Perl, Python and other dynamic languages. Whether the Parrot will take a firm foothold in software development is still up in the air.

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Perl: Pinpointing Spammers Find spammers with the help of a database and Google Charts

Mar 01, 2009

To identify the geographic regions from which link spam originated, a database locates IP addresses and the Google Charts service puts them onto a world map.

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Perl: Speed Bumps Profilers identify bottlenecks in Perl programs

Feb 01, 2009

Instead of souped up CPUs, simple programming tricks are often all it takes to speed up a program. Profilers can discover bottlenecks that need more TLC from the developer.

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Advisory Check 2.20 with More Feeds and HP-UX

Jan 15, 2009

Advisory Check (advchk), a small tool for monitoring installed software security, is now available in version 2.20. It has extended its source feeds and is now supported on HP-UX.

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Perl: Lyrical Logfiles A Perl script implements a singing, musical Internet

Jan 01, 2009

Instead of just monitoring incoming requests in your web server's logfile, a sound server makes them audible and lets you listen to the tune of users surfing the site.

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Letters

Dec 01, 2008

 

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Perl: Barcodes A Perl script catalogs books and CDs with the help of barcodes

Dec 01, 2008

Barcodes efficiently speed us through supermarket checkout lines, but the technology is also useful for totally different applications. An inexpensive barcode scanner can help you organize your private library, CD, or DVD collection.

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USENIX LISA: When 1000 Computers are too Slow

Nov 13, 2008

Open source developer Tobias Oetiker, in his presentation at the USENIX LISA conference in San Diego, described how he could help one thousand Windows users at Swisscom.com speed up their computers.

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