MetaCPAN

CPAN Bus Factor

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[The following post is the result of a collaboration with Neil Bowers] CPAN Bus Factor Perhaps you’ve noticed a new metric when browsing MetaCPAN? What is “bus factor”? Wikipedia defines “bus factor” as a measurement of the risk resulting from information and capabilities not being shared among team members, derived from the phrase “in case they get hit by a bus.” For CPAN our definition is “a measurement of how risky it might be to start relying on a CPAN module, which might not be actively maintained”. Read More...

Creating a Twitter List of CPAN Authors

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Recently I found a great little Twitter command line tool called t. It does a lot of useful things, including building and editing Twitter lists. For example, with the following commands we can: create a Twitter list called “my-list-of-people” add the @metacpan account to the list display the accounts which are now in the list we’ve just created I thought it would be fun to create a Twitter list of CPAN authors using some of the data in the MetaCPAN API. Read More...

How I Spent My Perl Toolchain Summit v2019

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PTS The Perl Toolchain Summit (PTS) is an annual event, held in Europe, where work on improving the Perl toolchain takes place. I was fortunate to be able to attend PTS again this year. I’d like to thank my employer, MaxMind, for sending me to PTS and for once again financially sponsoring this event. PTS has become something which I really look forward to. It’s a block of time to work, undistracted, on MetaCPAN. Read More...

meta::hack 3 Wrap Report

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As I mentioned in [my meta::hack preview post][1], for the third year running we have had the privilege of being financially sponsored by [Booking.com][2] and also working out of the [ServerCentral][3] offices in downtown Chicago in order to hack on [MetaCPAN][4]. None of this would have been possible without the support of [Mark Keating][5] and the [Enlightened Perl Organization][6]. Mark has (as usual) worked tirelessly to ensure that sponsor money moves in the right directions so that we are able to fund meta::hack every year. Read More...

meta::hack is back!

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For the third year running, we have the privilege of working out of the ServerCentral offices in downtown Chicago in order to hack on MetaCPAN. This year, five of us will be working on improving our corner of the Perl ecosystem. The physical attendee list is follows: Doug Bell Joel Berger Olaf Alders Mickey Nasriachi Shawn Sorichetti This, of course, would not be possible without the help of our 2018 sponsors: Booking. Read More...

Perl Toolchain Summit 2018 Wrap-up Report

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Perl Toolchain Summit 2018 Wrap-up Report Getting There This year I had the pleasure of attending the Perl Toolchain Summit in Oslo, Norway. Because of a conflict in my schedule, I initially didn’t think I’d be able to attend. After a lot of mental back and forth, I decided I’d try to make it work. The compromise was that this year I would leave on Sunday morning rather than on Monday. Read More...

Announcing meta::hack v2

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It’s that time of year again. We did a bunch of hacking on MetaCPAN at the Perl Toolchain Summit and we got a lot done, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Our TODO list never gets shorter and there are lots of folks willing to pitch in, so today I’m announcing that meta::hack v2 will take place from Nov 16-19, 2017 at Server Central in Chicago. As a reminder of how things went with meta::hack v1, please refer to my wrap-up report from that event. Read More...

Viewing Your Module Permissions on MetaCPAN

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We’re currently at the Perl Toolchain Summit in Lyon, working hard on improving MetaCPAN. One feature which we went live with yesterday is a view on CPAN module permissions. This means that you can now easily see which modules any CPAN author has permission to upload. If you want to see every module which Neil Bowers has permissions on, you can go to https://metacpan.org/permission/author/NEILB. You can get to this page via the module permissions link on the left sidebar of a MetaCPAN author page. Read More...