2020 - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2019| Tags: Perl, Raku

Today December 25, 2019, we completed 9 months of weekly challenges. The Year 2019 will remain very special to all of us associated with “Perl Weekly Challenge”. We just celebrated Advent Calendar for the first time. It was fun revisiting some of the great contributions by fellow members.

I would like to take this opportunity to THANK our sole sponsor, Peter Sergeant of PerlCareers. We are looking for more sponsors in the Year 2020. Any contributions would be highly appreciated.

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While I was working on Advent Calendar, I came across whole lot of brilliant code by members. The lucky members who took part in the Advent Calendar this year are as below in alphabetical order:

Adam Russell, Arne Sommer, Athanasius, Burkhard Nickels, Dave Cross, Dave Jacoby, E. Choroba, Francis J Whittle, Gustavo Chaves, Jaldhar H. Vyas, Javier Luque, JJ Merelo, Jo Chrisian Oterhals, Joelle Maslak, Khalid, Laurent Rosenfeld, Mark Senn, Neil Bowers, Philippe Bruhat, Roger Bell_West, Scimon Proctor, Yet Ebreo and Yozen Hernandez.


Damian Conway

One of the achievements of the “Perl Weekly Challenge” was able to attract the attention of Damian Conway. I was pleasantly surprised to see him going into the finer details of the challenge every week. I didn’t want to loose the track of his great work. Therefore I decided to create one-stop placeholder to have all his work listed.


Kian-Meng Ang

Kian-Meng has been reviewing the Perl contributions since Perl Weekly Challenge - 007. We have had many positive responses by the Champions appreciating the work done every week. I would like to take this opportunity to say big THANK YOU for the hard work and commitments.

Please checkout the contributions.


Laurent Rosenfeld

Laurent started reviewing the Raku contributions few weeks after Kian-Meng Ang. However he not only does weekly review but does past weeks as well. I appreciate the time he spend in reviewing the contributions. I can’t THANK him enough for his support.

Please checkout the contributions.


Gabor Szabo

At the start of “Perl Weekly Challenge”, Gabor‘s acceptance of the weekly challenge was a big motivation. He even gave regular space in his the most popular Perl Weekly Newsletter. He even proposed the idea of API challenge. Unfortunately we had to drop the challenge after few months because of lack of interest. We will re-boot it in slightly different format next year.


Neil Bowers

Neil has been participating in the “Perl Weekly Challenge” on/off. The highlight of his contributions was his work on Detect Language API. He even created CPAN module WebService::DetectLanguage. Later he contacted the official website and got the Perl client listed there.


Oretis Zekai

Oretis contacted us during the Perl Weekly Challenge - 018 and shared his solutions to Task #1 and Task #2 in Python. It started the trend and few weeks later regular members also joined him and started solving weekly challenges in languages like C++, Go, Haskell, Javascript, Python, Postscript, Rust and HTML. The following members have contributed so far in alphabetical orders:

Adam Russell, Daniel Mita, Dave Jacoby, Duncan C. White, Lubos Kolouch, Rage311, Roger Bell_West and Ulrich Rieke.

For more information about their contributions, please checkout the blog.


Julien Fiegehenn

Julien gave the lightning talk on “Perl Weekly Challenge” at the Barcelona Perl and friends 2019.



We created Centurion Club where anyone who scores 100+ gets the membership. As of today, following members are in the club in order of score:

Laurent Rosenfeld, Joelle Maslak, Jaldhar H. Vyas, Ruben Westerberg, Adam Russell, Arne Sommer, Athanasius, E. Choroba, Roger Bell_West, Kian-Meng Ang, Andrezgz, Scimon Proctor, Duncan C. White, Dave Jacoby, Steven Wilson, Yet Ebreo and Kevin Colyer.

Please checkout the CHART for more information.



As of today, we have had contributions in Perl (1633), Raku (980) and Blog (426).

*** Last but not the least, I would like to **THANK YOU** to each and every member of the team for the contributions and encouragement. I wish you all **Merry Christmas & Happy New Year**.


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