Programming is Hard, Let's Go Scripting... (5 tags)
Larry Wall's annual State of the Onion describes the state of Perl, the language and the community. In his 11th address, he discussed the past, present, and future of scripting languages, including the several dimensions of design decisions important to the development of Perl 6.
Rendering Everything as Text (3 tags)
Ah, the days of plain-text everything are long gone, what with media files (hooray!) and encumbered binary blobs (boo!). Is the solution to give up your comfortable, efficient, and effective text-based tools? No way. Philip Hollenback proposes that you can render any data format to meaningful text for mail reading, indexing, and more. Here's how.
Atom API Update (2 tags)
The grassroots technology for weblog authoring, Atom, is undergoing rapid development. This article reviews the eighth revision of the specification for the Atom API.