September 2009 Archives

Whoa! its Friday?!?

Its friday and I haven't written my weekly post about Perl yet!
So here Goes:

Frozen Perl updated is that others are waiting on me to do some writing. I will get to it this weekend, I promise!

Some of these things are hard to keep up with.




Frozen Perl 1st Organizer Meeting

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The first meeting for Frozen Perl 2010 has been held, and to sum up the information presented

The room has been reserved (with a deposit) on the 6th, and we are 1st in line for the classroom on the 5th.

If you are even remotely interested in helping, please respond here and I will find somewhere that you can help.


Frozen Perl 2010

The main event of Frozen Perl 2010 will be on February 6th, 2010 at the McNamara Alumni center at the University of Minnesota (just like the last two years).

If you are in the St Paul/Minneapolis area, and would like to help organize, give me a holler here, and we can talk. It looks like the first meeting will be Wednesday Sept 16th at 6:30 PM, so keep that time open.

If you or your company would like to be a sponsor of Frozen Perl 2010, then please reply here, or give me a call at my office: 612-624-2042 and I would be happy to talk with you about sponsorship.

Perl for recreation?

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What is the most 'recreational' use you have used perl for?

Personally I have written a small web-application to help me play travian. I setup a cron to download the game provided sql file, load it in, and keep the last two weeks worth of history.

Then I use this to find players that are inactive, or smaller than me, and take their resources. After a while I had some trouble keeping track of who I attacked and when, so I added in fields to keep track of last attack, the bounty from the attack, losses, and if there was more still to steal.

Now I just query the database for those who: I haven't attacked yet today or still have resources left to steal, sorted by last bounty (largest first).

This isn't against game rules, however, if there was a site offering this type of functionality to all users, I would suspect that my nice sql file might go away. I am not terribly worried about this, since the amount of calculations I am doing can get quite taxing on my little box. I know it won't scale well without serious refactoring.

So tell me, what is the most 'recreational' use you have for Perl? It doesn't have to be a game, it just needs to be somthing you have written in Perl to allow you to have more fun.

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