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Steve Hay
August 20, 2013 16:19
Perl 5.19.3 is now available!
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  E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
  written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
  betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
  have the courage to betray his country.  He would always put the
  personal above the political.  But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
  Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
  For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
  political was the personal.  He had chosen and promised for himself in
  working for the government.  The choice for him therefore was that
  between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part.  And
  however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
  logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
  an interest in notions of freedom and development.  He had no rights
  to such things, as he would have had to admit.  He might have
  outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
  there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
  There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
    -- Andrew Hodges, /Alan Turing: The Enigma/

We are tickled pink to announce version 19.3, the fourth development
release of version 19 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.19.3 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  5c07ff88511ff24fa3899cacd3536890d0a1063d  perl-5.19.3.tar.gz
  48e14d286a7010f41376fdfa50f800e3eaea9fc4  perl-5.19.3.tar.bz2

You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" located
in the "pod" directory inside the release and on the web.

Perl 5.19.3 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.19.2 and contains approximately 24,000 lines of changes across 710
files from 36 authors.

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant
community of users and developers.  The following people are known to
have contributed the improvements that became Perl 5.19.3:

Alexander Voronov, Andy Dougherty, Aristotle Pagaltzis, Brendan Byrd,
Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Colin Kuskie, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan,
Darin McBride, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, H.Merijn Brand,
James E Keenan, John Gardiner Myers, John Peacock, Karl Williamson,
Lukas Mai, Marcus Holland-Moritz, Nathan Trapuzzano, Neil Bowers,
Nicholas Clark, Peter Martini, Philip Boulain, Ricardo Signes, Sergey
Alekseev, Shlomi Fish, Smylers, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Tom
Christiansen, Tony Cook, Victor Efimov, Viktor Turskyi, Vladimir
Timofeev, Yves Orton, Zefram.

The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically
generated from version control history.  In particular, it does not
include the names of the (very much appreciated) contributors who
reported issues to the Perl bug tracker.

Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN
modules included in Perl's core.  We're grateful to the entire CPAN
community for helping Perl to flourish.

For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors,
please see the F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release version 19.4 on 20 September 2013.  The next major
stable release of Perl 5, version 20.0, should appear in May 2014.


Steve Hay

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