I was asked to write a guest post for the Built In Perl blog. I wrote something about how I built my site, TwittElection, for the recent UK general election.
In the UK we have just had a general election. Over the last few weeks many web sites have sprung up to share information about the campaign and to help people decide how to vote. I have set up my own site called TwittElection and in this article I’d like to explain a little about how it works.
But why not go over to Built In Perl and read the whole thing there.
Incidentally, on 13th June, I’ll be giving a talk about TwittElection at this year’s OpenTech conference. If you’re interested in the positive impact that technology can have on society then you’ll, no doubt, find OpenTech very interesting.
I’ve been writing articles about Perl for a number of years. Because I have written for many people, the articles are currently spread out over a lot of different sites. I’ve decided to do something about this.
There’s now a new articles section on the site and over the next few weeks I plan to pull all of my Perl articles together in that section.
Currently, it just contains the seven articles that I wrote for perl.com. If you read them, please bear in mind the fact that they are all around ten years old and may well no longer reflect current best practices.
This coming weekend is a long weekend in the UK. This means that I may well find the time to republish a lot more articles.
A couple of times, I’ve complained here about the standard of Perl articles in the British magazine Linux Format.
Following the second of those articles I got into a discussion with Graham Morrison, the editor of the magazine and he offered me the opportunity to improve matters by writing my own short series of tutorials for them.
The first of those tutorials appears in issue 151 of the magazine which will be appearing in UK newsagents about now.
The series is called “Modern Perl” (in an attempt to distance it from their earlier tutorials) and the first article is about how easy it is to write a database application using DBIx::Class. The second article will take the same database and build it into a simple web application using Dancer. That will hopefully be in issue 153 (skipping an issue). There will probably be a third article in the series which will add features to the web application.
I’ll find out what my rights are to the articles and hopefully I’ll be able to put them on the web at some point in the future.
If you see a copy in your newsagents then please consider picking it up. And if you enjoy the article, then please let the magazine know.