2011.07.29 in #1
Nice progress in the development of MetaCPAN
Olaf Alders provided his weekly report that was full of new items. You can now +1 Perl modules, use the public API of MetaCPAN and compete with other CPAN authors for fame.
2011.09.01 in #6
MetaCPAN August Roundup
Olaf Alders tells us what happened to and around MetaCPAN in the last month. They the data collected earlier but have learned from this. Despite of this several sites started to use MetaCPAN as the default place to link. BTW this is a recursive link as Olaf started his report by mentioning the Perl Weekly. Thank you!
2011.11.03 in #15
Happy Birthday, MetaCPAN!
Olaf Alders celebrates the first anniversary of MetaCPAN and uses the opportunity to mention the recent changes. If you still have not switched to MetaCPAN, this might be a good opportunity to give it a try.
2011.12.20 in #22
Not a designer? Get involved with the MetaCPAN logo contest anyway!
Olaf Alders offers $400 and eternal glory for the winner of the contest. IF you are not a designer, tell a friend of your.
2012.09.19 in #61
I never had to deal deeply with cookies, at least not with Perl, so I am not sure how painful that was earlier, but I love this. If nothing else, the name is great. Way better than some of the boring, engineer-like anti-inspiration module names.
2012.12.31 in #75
MetaCPAN is Moving Today (Dec 31, 2012)
In case you notice problems with Meta CPAN today, or in the coming days, please be patient, and read the note by Olaf Alders.
2013.03.09 in #85
Sifting Through the CPAN
Olaf Alders explains the plans he had with MetaCPAN to solve at least some of the issues. I agree with him that this could be done by someone as a TPF grant. So if you need some money and would like to work on some really interesting thing with a large impact, talk to Olaf.
2013.06.29 in #101
Perl Mongers Meetings via Google Hangout
The Toronto Perl Mongers, Olaf Alders reports, tried something new for their meetings: they are using a Google Hangout to let remote persons virtually assist to the event.
2013.07.12 in #103
Fiddling with the metacpan.org URLs
Olaf Alders, the leader of the Meta::CPAN projects asks your input on how the URLs on MetaCPAN.org should look like. As this is one of the most important web sites for any Perl user, you should probably take a look at the issue. In a nutshell, what should be the fixed URL of a script supplied in a CPAN package?
2013.09.28 in #114
Toronto.pm monthly meetings are now streamed live
The Toronto.pm Perl Monger meetings are also boldly shattering geographical limitations. Olaf Alders announces how the group is now broadcasting live via Google Hangout, and urges us to join the fun.
2014.03.06 in #137
MetaCPAN is Hiring!
Don't get overly excited: Olaf Alders is... fluffing up the truth. What he means to say is that the Outreach Program for Women and the Goggle Summer of Code are both taking applicants, and they are both excellent vectors for students who would like to work on MetaCPAN during the summer.
2014.03.07 in #137
MetaCPAN Welcomes its Newest Sponsor: GitHub
As the sweet, sweet smell of synergy fills the air, Olaf Alders is pleased to announces GitHub's very nice support of MetaCPAN.
2014.03.11 in #138
You Can Help MetaCPAN by Helping the QA Hackathon
In general MetaCPAN does not accept monetary contributions, but being able to participate at the annual QA Hackathon helps Olaf Alders to allocate time to work on MetaCPAN and get others to be involved. So if you'd like to help MetaCPAN with money, the best way is to donate to the QA Hackathon. (See reports about this years QA Hackathon in the Testing section above.)
2014.04.24 in #144
MetaCPAN Officially Welcomes Our OPfW and GSoC Participants
Olaf Alders is proud (and with reason) to announce MetaCPAN's participation in both Google's Summer of Code and the Outreach Program for Women.
2014.06.30 in #153
How to Run a Single Test via Dist::Zilla
Olaf Alders shares a one-liner he saw on #dzil.
2014.06.30 in #154
How to Run a Single Test via Dist::Zilla
So you are using Dist::Zilla to manage your module and you want to run a single test out of its test suite? No problem at all, you can just run it directly. But if the module also has XS components, it's a little trickier. Fortunately, Olaf Alders found how to do it in a fairly simple way.
2014.11.25 in #175
Can you send 24 pull requests this December?
The idea behind this project is to encourage you to contribute to an open source project every day. Even if each contribution is small, this can get you in the practice of contributing.
2014.12.17 in #178
MetaCPAN Welcomes our Newest OPfW Interns
The MetaCPAN project is taking on two interns, Rose Ames and Andreea Pirvulescu, as part of the GNOME outreach program for women.
2015.01.07 in #181
MetaCPAN Welcomes Panopta as a Sponsor
The CPAN web portals, search.cpan.org and metacpan, are incredibly important for our day-to-day work, and it's easy to forget that their continued existence is usually fueled by the unrelentless dedication of a few volunteers and a budget that would make shoe strings seem opulent. In that optic, a new sponsor is always reason to celebrate. Huzzah for Panopta!
2015.03.18 in #191
The Perl QA Hackathon is still looking for Sponsors
The QA Hackathon is an excellent event and dispite its name it is not only about Quality Assurnce. It became a more generice event when some of the people maintaining the core infrastructure needed for the Perl world get together for some much needed face-to-face conversation. I had the luck participating in two of such events, and now I had the privilage to even provide some funds to run the event. If you, or your company relies on Perl, this is a very good place to ensure the continous improvement of the whole ecosystem around Perl.
2015.05.06 in #198
MetaCPAN Welcomes iDoneThis as a Sponsor
2015.05.09 in #198
How I Spent my 2015 NY.pm Hackathon
2015.05.20 in #200
MetaCPAN Thanks Bytemark for Two Years as a Hosting Sponsor
"Sponsoring MetaCPAN makes perfect sense for Bytemark. It has the potential to save us weeks of developer time by helping our developers locate modules not included in the Perl standard distribution. Large Perl programs can use many modules, from those that interface with SQL databases to simple utilities."
2015.05.29 in #201
MetaCPAN Welcomes Liquid Web as a Hosting Sponsor
2015.08.07 in #211
On the status of HTTP::BrowserDetect
This is a state of the HTTP::BrowserDetect nation from Olaf, who has been maintaining it for 5 years. He wants to let us know it's still very much actively maintained, and that he's keen to receive, and quick to act on, pull requests to keep the coverage update. And he also wants to shame those of us who are tardy at merging PRs, and rightly so.
2015.09.04 in #215
Stop Writing Your Own Commify Functions
Localisation is hard, and finicky, and maddening. Which is why it's better to leave it to a module specifically to take that pain of shoulders. Numbers, percentages, monetary amounts, CLDR::Number knows how to format them all. McCarthy would approve.
2015.09.29 in #219
Building your own MMDB databases for IP-specific data
If you are dealing with GeoIP data for websites (or anything else, really), this article is for you. Olaf shows us how to create and query MaxMind's MMDB GeoIP database format.
2015.10.10 in #220
Olaf continues his series of updates about modules that he's adopted. He's done a developer release of Business::PayPal::API - if you've any code that uses it, please take it for a spin.
2015.10.24 in #222
HTTP::Response may have a different definition of success than you do
There is nothing more treacherous than a false assumption regarding what a library considers to be success, or "all is good", or "a raging bonfire of blistering victory".
2015.12.19 in #230
Santa Sorts By Example
2016.04.27 in #249
MetaCPAN at the 2016 Perl QA Hackathon
There was a whole MetaCPAN section at the QAH this year, which grew as the weekend went on. This is Olaf's summary of what they got done.
2016.06.25 in #257
Easy OAuth Integration with Runkeeper and Spotify
Nice new Mojolicious plugin to make the oauth dance a wee bit less painful.
2016.07.05 in #259
How to Get a CPAN Module Download URL
In 2 requests it is easy, but how do you golf that?
2016.08.12 in #264
Getting to Travis and GitHub Pages Quickly
Some Git Helpers written in Perl.
2016.09.17 in #269
Olaf tells us about meta::hack, a hackathon dedicated to MetaCPAN. Also, talk to him if you want to sponsor it.
2016.09.26 in #271
Make libwww-perl Great Again (TM)
Oalders is picking up modules related to libwww-perl, including WWW::Mechanize. He uses github-mergevelocity to see how quickly pull-request have been merged and is encouraging all of us to help. So go and help him!
2016.09.29 in #271
UserAgent Debugging Made Easy
2016.12.01 in #280
meta::hack Wrap-up Report
Olaf's summary of meta::hack, the recent MetaCPAN hackathon that had a goal of switching over to MetaCPAN v1.
2017.03.23 in #296
Just use it!
2017.03.28 in #297
Preparing for LWP Hack Night
Last week Olaf ran an LWP hack night (also announced on b.p.o), and to prepare for it he posted this information about the various CPAN distributions that live in the LWP organisation on github.
2017.05.13 in #303
Viewing Your Module Permissions on MetaCPAN
Impressive way to see who has rights to release a module.
2017.05.21 in #304
Olaf Alder's report
Olaf's report on how he spent the toolchain, hacking on a range of things related to MetaCPAN. Be sure to read all the way to the end, including the slightly scary story of things leaking from his plane!
2017.10.12 in #325
Announcing meta::hack v2
Last year the MetaCPAN team held meta::hack, a hackathon where they worked on MetaCPAN. You can read about it in Olaf's summary. That was so successful that they've decided to have another one this year. The core MetaCPAN team will be meeting up in Chicago for four days of intensive work on MetaCPAN and friends. They're still looking for sponsorship; this would be a great way for companies to support the Perl community.
2017.10.17 in #326
vim, Ale, Syntastic and Perl::Critic
Ale is faster than Syntastic, but Olaf also asks for help with some Perl::Critic integration.
2018.02.28 in #345
New defaults for Perl Linting in Vim's Ale Plugin
2018.04.11 in #351
My 'Go for Perl Hackers' Cheatsheet
Can be found here.
2018.04.13 in #351
WWW::Mechanize Best Practices
A few pitfalls in WWW::Mechanize caused by defaults that you might, or might not expect to be what they are. Olaf has some excellent suggestions that already mad it to the official documentation as well, but they are worth pointing out separately as well.
2018.04.27 in #353
Perl Toolchain Summit 2018 Wrap-up Report
As part of some of the other work going on, there was progress made towards a tighter integration of the CPAN river data in the MetaCPAN API. Also, we now have access to Neil Bowers’ CPAN river data generator. There’s a plan to have MetaCPAN directly generate this data, rather than having us pull the data from him.
2018.06.26 in #362
Saying goodbye to search.cpan.org
Tribute to the team behind search.cpan.org by Olaf Alders.
2018.08.21 in #370
How lazy am I?
Are you a lazy programmer? Olaf has an answer for you. If you want to know then please read his blog.
2018.11.08 in #381
meta::hack is back!
Working on Meta::CPAN while being co-located.
2018.11.21 in #383
meta::hack 3 Wrap Report
mata::hack was a small event with a big impact on the Perl community. A few people got together to improve MetaCPAN.
2019.02.19 in #396
About the Various PANs
Olaf took the time to explain various PANs that somehow got lost in the air. I sometimes get confused with so many PANs. Now I have a reference point to onfirm.
2019.05.14 in #408
How I Spent My Perl Toolchain Summit v2019
Olaf shares his experience at Perl ToolChain Summt 2019. You must read the blog to see how much work hard work he has put in.
2019.05.22 in #409
Managing Your Travis CI Config Files with App::CISetup
I admit I don't understand yet when would I want to automate the creation and maintenance of my Travis-CI configuration file, but if at one point I need it, I know where to turn. Besides I learned about Travis-CI being bought by Idera, a company I've never heard of.
2019.05.23 in #409
Creating a Twitter List of CPAN Authors
Olaf introduces us to t, a little Twitter command line tool. He also creates a Twitter list of all the CPAN authors who have shared their ID via MetaCPAN. I found quite a few funny and interesting posts.
2019.06.03 in #411
How do I Open This?
Mac comes with 'open' and Linux comes with xdg-open. They will both open the appropriate tool based on the extension of the file you give to them. 'ot' can only open an editor, but it will figure out the file it needs to open in a very clever way understanding Perl Module names and even error messages.
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