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Compiling lighttpd 1.4.3 on Mac OS X
Xuefer from freenode#lighttpd kindly debugged the issue: The definition of the function http_response_handle_cachable has to be moved by hand from src/response.c to src/http-header-glue.c. The change is up for future releases.
Back from YAPC::EU::2005
I am back in Barcelona from the YAPC, I had a great time again this year. I met some new Spanish guys, and put some faces to names I hadn't seen before, such as Abigail, Simon Cozens, Nicholas Clark, cog, or Larry Wall himself. Simon gave his Maypole tutorial with my laptop.
I finally went to the conference alone by plane and train via Lisbon, and unfortunately I couldn't attend on Friday the talks by Abigail, and the Big End, aka the auction. The conference was being recorded so I hope I can watch them anyway.
The organisation was really excellent, and there were just TWO guys behind it for most of the work.
mod_perl Success Story: BBC
This was sent to the mod_perl mailing list today:
We have been running ModPerl to deliver dynamic applications as part of bbc.co.uk for the past 4 years. At present we have well over 50 applications ( and growing ) using Modperl and based on the Apache::Registry framework. These include community, message boards, games, voting, quizzes, searches and listings applications. It serves a sustained 500 application requests per second using a distributed architecture.
As we have adopted Apache 2.* on our head-end servers we will next be looking at how Modperl 2.* can help us in our application layer.
Komodo 3.X For Mac OS X Test Program
There is a test program for Komodo 3.X Alpha 1, a preliminar release of Komodo 3.X Professional built for Mac OS X and with support for Ruby. I have played around with it a bit and works fine.
Stas Bekman in Barcelona
Stas Bekman, of mod_perl fame, came to Barcelona on July and gave a four-hours seminar, organised by Barcelona.pm. We had dinner afterwards. I wasn't sitting near him and the restaurant was a bit noisy, so unfortunately I couldn't talk with him too much.
Going to YAPC::Europe
I plan to go to the YAPC::Europe, in Braga this year. The perfect excuse to do a trip with the motorbike with my wife :-).
Ruby is in the radar again, partly due to Rails. I read the second edition of the Pickaxe (the first book I read from cover to cover in PDF), and subscribed to ruby-talk again. Wow, Ruby as project has advanced a lot since I did an immersion back when 1.6 was stable. Particularly documentation is much much better.
I am looking forward Agile Web Development with Rails, whose last heard publishing date is the 9 of August.
Executing External Programs in Halk
One of the many constraints in the design of Halk is that the execution of programs has to be safe, which for me implies avoiding the shell altogether. Since another requirement is that it has to run on Windows this reduces the choices to Python 2.4 (subprocess), or Java 1.5 (ProcessBuilder).
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!