2011.08.07 in #2
Record, 957,044 test reports during July
The CPAN testers are breaking their records every month now and helping CPAN Authors to discover and fix bugs in their modules. Even in Devel::Cover! Barbie who runs the sites provides us with updates, plans and a use-case.
2011.08.19 in #4
2 talks at YAPC::EU by Barbie
Barbie gave two talks at YAPC::EU: 'Smoking The Onion - Tales of CPAN Testers' and 'Perl Jam - How To Organise A Conference (and live to tell the tale)'. The latter is a book in progress you could help writing.
2011.09.29 in #10
CPAN Testers Server Update
Barbie (real name) has been writing about the hardware failure the CPAN Testers server encountered and how he was dealing with it. For several weeks it was mostly hard work but now finally we start to see real results showing up along with some analysis on how he handled some performance issues.
2011.11.04 in #15
CPAN Testers Summary - October 2011 - Some Great Reward
In his monthly CPAN Testers report Barbie told us about the e-mail reports that are being sent again, about the updated statistics of the system and that finally they might be able to accept donations.
2012.02.09 in #29
CPAN Testers Summary - January 2012 - Bringing It All Back Home
CPAN Testers is unique in its size and all that depends on a very small number of people. Mostly on Barbie, who wrote this monthly report.
2012.03.25 in #35
Israeli & German Perl Workshop Survey Results
Barbie has published the results of the surveys he ran for both ILPW and GPW. Based on this the two workshops were roughly the same size but the attendees of the German Perl Workshop were older, more experienced in Perl, contribute a lot more to the Perl community and like beer more. I wonder how does that compare to the London Perl Workshop?
2012.03.31 in #36
Party In Paris - 2012 QA Hackathon (part 1)
Barbie made some very nice improvement to the CPAN Testers infrastructure. Most notably there is now an API to fetch updates from the database. Eliminating the need to download the whole database which is several Gb.
2012.04.03 in #37
Parisienne Walkways - 2012 QA Hackathon (Part 2)
Barbie reporting what he has managed to do during the QA Hackathon. Especially around the CPAN Testers infrastructure.
2012.05.08 in #42
CPAN Testers Summary - April 2012 - Pictures At An Exhibition
The CPAN Testers Fund got its first individual donations (hint, you can donate too) and Barbie explains why it *is* important to run the tests during the installation process or how that could be avoided by looking at the data in the CPAN Testers database.
2012.07.10 in #51
CPAN Testers Summary - June 2012 - Seventeen Seconds
The monthly report by Barbie. Nothing earth shattering though it is nice that META.json is now supported by CPAN Dependencies.
2012.08.26 in #57
UsePerl and Other Stories
use.perl.org was the old Perl blogging engine till it got shut down a few years ago. Barbie created a module that would be able to parse the old articles.
2012.11.06 in #68
CPAN Testers Summary - November 2012 - Kick the Amazon SimpleDB
In this monthly report, Barbie showed us what is the problem with Amazon SimpleDB, and how that interferes with the CPAN Testers. 496,784 reports are missing!
2012.11.11 in #68
YAPC::Europe 2012 - The Survey Results
Less responses to the survey, but more attendees to the conference. Still getting older but less UK. Read more details in the report Barbie posted.
2013.02.19 in #83
CPAN Testers Summary - February 2013 - So
The CPAN Testers infrastructure, maintained by Barbie and the Birmingham Perl Mongers, provide a diverse platform to test every module uploaded to CPAN. Sometime within minutes after the upload. This is the regular monthly report describing the discussions on the mailing list.
2013.03.18 in #87
CPAN Testers Summary - March 2013 - Us
While testing might not be exciting for many, I think it is one of the most awesome areas in Perl. I am really glad Barbie and co. keep working on the CPAN Testers infrastructure and he keeps reporting.
2013.07.01 in #102
YAPC Conference Surveys Update
Barbie is doing his regular follow-up survey. Unfortunately the response rate was quite low this year.
2013.07.24 in #105
YAPC::NA 2013 - The Results Are Out
With every YAPC comes a survey about the audience demographics, the quality of the talks and other things pertaining to the event. The results for YAPC::NA of this year are in, and Barbie shares them.
2013.08.04 in #106
Misconceptions & Misunderstandings
What is the difference between CPANTS and CPAN Testers? Who are the CPAN Testers? Why do they report failures? A few weeks ago there was a post complaining about the CPAN Testers (I did not link to it as I don't like posts attacking other people.) Now Barbie, the main person behind the CPAN Testers explains everything you might want to know about CPAN Testers! Well, almost.
2013.08.13 in #108
CPAN Testers Summary - Aug 2013 - Trans-Europe Express
Barbie covers what happened lately in the Perl testing world.
2013.10.27 in #118
YE2013 & PPW2013 Survey Results online
Barbie has posted the results and wrote some explanation.
2013.11.17 in #121
CPAN Testers Summary - Nov 2013 - Pandemonium
Highlight: the server upgrade is now complete! Test reports are flowing again! - Thanks Barbie!
2013.12.10 in #125
CPAN Testers Summary - November 2013 - Fire Dances
The regular monthly report from Barbie.
2013.12.21 in #126
LPW2013 Survey Results
Barbie has just published the survey report. I was really surprised to see my name there. Flattering.
2014.02.15 in #134
CPAN Testers Summary - January 2014 - In Through The Out Door
Barbies offers a view of what's happening in the Perl world, through tester's lenses.
2014.03.17 in #139
My 2014 QA Hackathon (by Barbie)
2014.05.18 in #147
CPAN Testers Summary
Barbie summarizes what happened in the CPAN testing world in April.
2014.05.25 in #148
GPW2014 & NLPW2014 Survey results
Ooooh, statistics! Barbie shares the survey results of both the Deutscher and the Nederlandse Perl workshops.
2014.05.26 in #149
CPAN Testers on Gittip
Barbie got control over the Twitter account called @cpantesters, and now he has set up a Gittip account as well. By supporting the team you help with the maintenance of the servers and infrastructure of the CPAN Testers.
2014.07.04 in #154
New Distributions and Versions
Statistics. Everybody love statistics. Here, Barbie compiled all the first versions of CPAN modules. Unsurprisingly, most modules begin their life with a variation on 1.0 / 0.1 / 0.001. But which one is the most popular? Take a guess, and go find out.
2014.07.05 in #154
Find a Tester Revamped
Barbie is tinkering with the cpantester infrastructure. More particularly, he's fine-tuning the reported emails for testers to be more flexible and accurate. Not a massive change, but undubiously a very useful one.
2014.07.06 in #154
Announcing the CPAN Testers Admin Site
Barbie announces the launch of a new administrative view of the CPAN Tester data for both testers and module authors.
2014.07.14 in #156
CPAN Testers Summary - June 2014 - Built To Last
Barbie summarizes the many things that happened in the CPAN Testers world in June.
2014.07.17 in #156
Sunshine Of Your Love
The survey results are in for YAPC::NA, announces Barbie.
2014.08.20 in #161
CPAN Testers: CPAN Testers Summary - July 2014 - Imaginos
Barbie summarizes what happened in the world of Perl testing in July.
2014.09.26 in #166
YAPC::Europe 2014 Survey results are online
Barbie shares the survey results for YAPC::Europe 2014, and points out some of the most interesting statistics.
2014.11.23 in #174
CPAN Testers Summary - October 2014
Barbie (BARBIE) posted his monthly round-up of news related to CPAN Testers.
2014.12.23 in #179
CPAN Testers Summary - November 2014 - Who Do We Think We Are
Links to talks about CPAN Testers at the LPW. Another Metabase overflow. An Admin-site bug.
2015.01.26 in #184
CPAN Testers monthly report for December
Barbie's monthly round-up of news related to CPAN Testers, which includes plans for the QA hackathon and beyond.
2015.03.22 in #191
CPAN Testers Summary - January 2015 - Permanent Vacation
2015.03.22 in #191
A Year of CPAN Uploads
There are some really crazy people out there. For example Barbie, who has been uploading modules to CPAN every day for more than a year now. That's real persistence.
2015.04.01 in #193
Uncommon OS Platforms Wanted for Testing
The CPAN Testers would like to see more testing being done on the less common platforms. If you happen to have access to operating systems that are not on the top of the OS/Perl matrix.
2015.05.09 in #198
Brian McCauley (1967-2015)
I am saddened to read about the passing of Brian. I met him a few times at YAPCs.
2015.05.10 in #198
Montage of Brian
If you have images of Brian McCauley, you can help his wife Sam, to create a montage at his memorial.
2015.08.30 in #214
CPAN Testers Site Update & Successor Wanted
CPAN Testers hasn't been very stable for the last 2 weeks; Barbie has posted an updated, but is also looking for one or more people who are interested in taking on CPAN Testers. Barbie's been looking after it for 10 years and says "it is definitely time for some fresh eyes".
2015.08.30 in #215
CPAN Testers Site Update & Successor Wanted
Barbie wishes to go no more a testing so late into the night, and is calling for heroic figures to take the testing torch from him. And as this PerlWeekly goes under press, a mysterious knight already seems to have stepped forward.
2015.09.18 in #217
CPAN Testers Is Back
CPAN Testers is one of those things that you only truly appreciate the value of when it goes away for a time. Like many CPAN authors, I'm very glad it's back!
2015.09.19 in #217
Introducing Doug Bell
Barbie introduces Doug Bell (PREACTION), who not only helped with the recent rebuilding of CPAN Testers, but is going to be taking on Barbie' mantle.
2015.10.12 in #221
60 Million Reports
The CPAN Testers are celebrating again.
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