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2018 Advent Calendars Launched for Computer Programmers and Web Geeks

An anonymous reader writes:

Saturday the Perl Advent Calendar entered its 19th year by describing how the Wise Old Elf used a Calendar::List module from CPAN to update his Elven Perl Monger website with all the dates for 2019. (“It is a well known fact that all of Santa’s Elves are enthusiastic Perl Developers in their free time, contributing regularly to many of the amazing Perl projects we’ve come to know and love…”)

But meanwhile, the Perl 6 Advent Calendar was describing how Santa gets data into the North Pole’s CRM by defining a grammar unit which can be parsed using a built-in method (to trim out children’s signatures) — only to be chastised by his IT elf for failing to document his solution using Perl 6’s built in markup language.
And 24Ways.org is also presenting its 14th annual “advent calendar for web geeks,” a nicely-formatted offering that promises “a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.”

Meanwhile, the Go language site Gopher Academy launched their 6th annual advent calendar, describing how to split data with content-defined chunking.

Jose Valim, creator of the Elixir programming language, has also announced the fourth annual “Advent of Code,” an ongoing story that presents “a series of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels in any programming language you like.” (The folks behind the Nim programming language are even organizing their own leaderboard at Nim-lang.org.)

And even QEMU, a free and open-source emulator performing hardware virtualization, is getting into the act with a QEMU advent calendar offering “an amazing QEMU disk image” each day through December 24th.

Feel free to leave a comment with your own reactions — or with the URL for your own favorite online geek advent calendars…

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