Get the news from with a Gaim plug-in


Article from Issue 60/2005

The Gaim project offers an instant messenger client that speaks a large number of protocols. We’ll show you how to extend Gaim with Perl plugins.

First-time visitors to perlmonks. com are rubbing their eyes in disbelief: High-caliber Perl hackers are jumping to answer even the simplest of newbie questions. The reason for this is that the community assigns XP (experience) points for the best replies. And the more XP you have, the higher you climb in the ranking, from a novice, to a monk, and slowly to expert status. Best of Class Due to the community dynamics on, the first person to answer a question correctly typically gets the most XP. Instead of pulling the web page with the latest questions time and time again, it makes sense to script the process and have the script let you know when a new query arrives.

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