I'm the co-author of the WWW::Wikipedia Perl module (
https://metacpan.org/release/WWW-Wikipedia). It programmatically parses the
raw source of a Wikipedia page.
Of late, a few changes in behaviour have been reported to me -- all related
to the "language" functionality.
As it turns out a number of pages are no longer returning the language
links in the raw source code like they used to. The canonical test for us
was to load "Russia" in English, then grab the Russian link. As you can
see, the page for "Russia" no longer has those links (which can normally be
seen down the left-hand side of the real page):
A shorter example is the page for "Rotation"
I did find that some pages still have language links. See this one for
Has there been some change that no longer outputs those links in some
instances, or is this an actual bug?
I apologize that this wasn't sent to some official bug tracker, but I
couldn't find that info off-hand from the Wikipedia site.
Thanks in advance,
Brian Cassidy (brian.cassidy(a)gmail.com)
In a little over a month I will have been a MediaWiki developer for a full year. Some unpleasantness earlier today provided a good occasion to reflect on some of what I've learned since last spring. I have decided to do so publicly, in my characteristic obnoxious and attention-seeking manner.
The upshot of MediaWiki being so thoroughly crufty is that there is never any shortage of places that need some love. There is no shortage of opportunities to have an impact. It is entirely possible to work at a rapid clip and get a lot done, as long as you are prepared for the possibility that any specific project could hit a blocker and be stalled for a while.
When the path forward is blocked, let the matter drop for a while and turn your attention to something else. Come back to it with a fresh and open mind. That is how you win: not with overwhelming firepower, but with lots of patience and a light touch. Having a sense of humor helps, too.
as you remembered, we were asking about EasyRDF in order to use it in
We have now cut off the pieces that we do not need, in order to simplify
the review. Most of the "interesting parts" of EasyRDF regarding security
issues -- parsing, serving, etc. -- has been removed.
Our code is here. We would invite comments and reviews.
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I'm pleased to announce that the mobile department has two new staff
members. Yuri Astrakhan & Adam Baso join as sr. software developers on
the mobile partner team. In this role Yuri and Adam will support
projects like Wikipedia Zero, SMS/USSD, and J2ME to further the reach
of our projects in geographic areas that have both financial and
technical impediments to access Wikipedia. They will be working
closely with Kul and Dan from the global development group.
Yuri has been heavily involved in Wikipedia-related projects 2005-2007
developing the API framework and querying subsystem, contributing to
pywikibot code, and making millions of changes as yurikbot, while at
the same time working as a software consultant for several large
banks. In 2008 Yuri joined a small hedge-fund to lead the development
of an automated trading platform. While there, Yuri continued various
open source projects such as time-series database (timeseriesdb).
After over five years, Yuri has rejoined the MediaWiki community and
will be working for us from New York.
Adam spent the past seven years working in the field of information
security, specializing in application security, identity management,
and encryption in the retail, government, and banking sectors. Adam
led the OWASP Minneapolis-Saint Paul chapter for a couple of years,
and proudly organized the OWASP AppSec USA 2011 conference. Adam and
his wife are relocating to San Francisco from Minneapolis-Saint Paul,
and they look forward to the opportunity to live in such a thriving
The mobile group is excited and proud to welcome both Yuri & Adam as
sr. engineers to the partner team.
This completes the team and allows them to work aggressively to reach
our 4 billion page target through outreach projects like Wikipedia
Please join me in welcoming Yuri and Adam to the Wikimedia Foundation!