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Data::ObjectDriver and JOIN

Data::ObjectDriver is a great ORM. It's easy to configure and easy to use, but not as powerful as DBIx::Class (which isn't that easy to learn and I actually prefer using a wrapper instead of "native" DBIx::Class, but that's another story). There is one major thing I missed with Data::ObjectDriver: JOINing foreign tables.

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More Perl variable & block secrets

I wrote about Perl variable declaration secrets recently, but there's much more. Perl has a very simple way for passing variables to subs which should be called later.

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Perl variable declaration secrets

Perl has a very flexible variable concept. One might use different namespaces, called "packages" or use all variables global without defining them. Another way to use variables is more Cish where every single variable must be declared before it's used.

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Parallel DNS lookups using AnyEvent

Perl has a great asynchronous library: AnyEvent. (There may be even more great asynchronous libraries, but it decided to use AnyEvent.) I recently had to lookup a lot of different hostnames and didn't want to do it sequentially (because every single DNS server might be down or wait until the reply is received).

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Perl -M-A-C tests

Perl supports various tests for file and directory states. Most are identical to their bash test siblings, but some additional are supported, like -M, -A and -C.

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Setting up DKIM email signatures with Perl

DKIM may be called as PGP successor: PGP has been used by many people for signing their emails at a time when mostly technical related people had been using the internet. Today, few people still use PGP to sign their emails, but email servers took over this part using a technology called DKIM.

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The five faces of a Perl hash item

PHP calls it associative array, JavaScript calls it object and - in the eyes of other (older) languages like C, BASIC, Pascal or Perl - all of them are wrong. An array has some items which may be addressed using their position in the list, but only a Perl hash has named keys. A hash is basically an (unordered) list of items where each item has a key and a value - but that value may have one of many different states.

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Digest::SHA1 Workaround

MovableType is still using the old, deprecated Digest::SHA1 module in some versions. Using the newer Digest::SHA is recommended and MT will switch in future versions, but Digest::SHA1 is currently still required for commentor logins in some versions.

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Cookie __atrfs and CGI::PSGI problems

Some websites stopped working today or at least some cookie-based functions ran out-of-order. Deleting all cookies helps - but is no solution. A cookie called __atrfs set by the famous AddThis! service is responsible for this.

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Remote debugging Perl scripts without SSH access

I'm used to use dedicated or at least virtual servers for projects, but currently, I'm working on two projects which are using simple webspace instead without SSH access. A cgi-bin directory is all you need for Perl, but what happens, if a script dies without an error message?
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Retry failed Gearman jobs

Gearman is a great tool for farmed or distributed work. It's some kind of basic cloud handling: Many Worker processes (usually running on many different servers) are waiting for jobs to process and there's (hopefully) always another worker taking over if one worker (server) should ever die. But what happens, if a single job dies and should be repeated?
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Quick JSON pretty reformatter / JSON-tidy

JSON is a commonly used format for data transmission, especially with Ajax calls. It's more structured and easier to process then XML, but could be just a wall of text depending on the creator. This oneliner reformats JSON to look pretty and human-readable.
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Moose documentation quick reference

I don't like Moose. It has a lot of disadvantages and tries to create a new language based on Perl - without any need. But I'm forced to use it within a project and working myself into all that stuff, the documentation turned out to be as bad as the one of DBIx::Class. This post is my attempt to merge the most important documentation parts.
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Connecting to Sybase ASE with Perl's DBI

CPAN has everything. Nearly everything and one of the modules is DBD::Sybase which connects to Microsoft SQL servers as well as Sybase ASE and iAnywhere servers, but there's a trick.
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Session-Trouble

Why should I write about sessioning at all? A session is something which exists and should be as easy usable as possible. Is this the end of my blog post about sessioning?
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