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Nathan Torkington
January 13, 2001 08:28
Ideas for papers
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I see Simon Cozens planning to do a Conway at this year's TPC, with a
half-dozen papers.  In the interests of not having Simon's papers
outnumber the rest, here are some topics you might want to consider
papers or talks on:
 - how Perl's RE engine works (jhi?)
 - Perl's grammar: what's in yacc, and what's in toke.c
 - an analysis of the Unicode implementation: what's working, what's
   broken, how to make it better
 - B::* -- how they work, which work, what needs to be done
 - come up with an alternative to XS and say why it's better (Inline?)
 - work out how to precalculate the hash values for things like
   UNIVERSAL and main:: and other commonly hashed strings, and see
   what kind of performance win results (if any)
 - tell us why EBCDIC and Perl seem to be sworn enemies
 - report on Configure: what it does, how, and why
 - come up with a new use for the dump() keyword
 - profile and decide whether the pp_* distribution is correct (i.e,
   are all the hot ones really in pp_hot?)
 - ...


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