Issue #236 - 2016-02-01 - Grants, Testing and Fighting Entropy

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This week we have a few articles on testing web thingies (mocking web services, using SWAT, that kind of fun stuff), encouraging grant reports (shiny things are happening while we aren't looking), an early case of Spring cleaning fever (where entropy is fought and modules put to adoption). Oh, yes, and a modest proposal is made for a new Perl operator. Enjoy! ~ `/anick

Yanick Champoux


Please test www-apache/mod_perl-2.0.10_pre201601

by Andreas Hüttel (AKHUETTEL)

Using mod_perl? If so, you might want to test the trial version of its upcoming update.


Quality metrics for the head of the CPAN River

by Neil Bowers (NEILB)

That bloke, there, in the waders, taking water samples from the might CPAN river? That's our Neil.

Bit Rot Thursday

by Zoffix Znet (ZOFFIX)

Entropy waits for no-one. Every distribution released on CPAN, if left to itself, will slowly mush away. So what one should do? Fight the inexorable advance of decay? Give up? Embrace the chaos? Zoffix discusses those many paths.

100+ Modules for Adoption! (Bit Rot Thursday)

by Zoffix Znet (ZOFFIX)

Zoffix is going through an early Spring cleaning. He deleted a few of his old distributions, and put a bunch (and I really mean a /bunch/) of other up for adoption.


The Fuse Operator - A Suggested Language Extension

"I wish Perl had that one extra operator" is not something you hear very often. The "fuse" operator would be something for safe, non-auto-vivificating, dereferencing. I must admit, it does sounds appealing.


Mock Testing Web Services with Mojo

So you want to test something interacting with a web service without, y'know, doing terrible things to that web service... If we were talking about a class or a function, you'd mock it in a heart-beat. Well, the same can be done for web services, here via a Mojo-based impostor.

curl + swat VS selenium

by Alexey Melezhik (MELEZHIK)

You'd be hard-pressed to find such two wildly different test automation tools. But how do they compare for the same task? Melezhik finds out.


Quick and Dirty: Vim highlighting and tag matching for HTML and Perl's Template Toolkit

by Andrew Solomon (ILLY)

A quick trick for vim jockeys to be able to jump back and forth between opening and closing tags within ToolkitTemplate tags.

UTF-16 and Windows CRLF, oh my

Running Perl on Windows? Dealing with UTF-16? You want to read this. Unless you're into learning things the hard way. In which case, don't read this. And stock up on headache medicine.

MVC with Dancer2 and DBIC: Form Validation

How to use HTML::FormHandler with Dancer2 for the sign-up page of your application.


by Thomas Klausner (DOMM)

tracker, the command-line time-tracking application by domm, can now tag tasks with categories, thanks to this new plugin.

IO::Iron - Towards Update to Version 3

v3 of the web service IronMQ is coming up, and the maintainer of IO::Iron is already on deck, making sure that when the time come, he'll have all his ducks in a row.


Migrating Second Progress Report

The migration of to the PerlBee platform is slowly making progress. We can already peer at the work done in its GitHub repository, and a wider audience test instance is supposed to become accessible soonishingly.

Maintaining Perl 5: Grant Report for November 2015

by Karen Pauley

Bolts tightened here, squeaky cogs oiled there. Lot of little improvements have been done by the grant elves in November.

Grant Report: Test::Simple/Stream Stabilization

by Alberto Simões (AMBS)

Looks like Test::More and friends are close to being upgraded to a newer engine.

Perl 6

Perl 6 .rotor: The King of List Manipulation

by Zoffix Znet (ZOFFIX)

It slices, it dices, it... gets pretty funky in the last example of that article.

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