Issue #501 - 2021-03-01 - Perl and Quality

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Hi there!

Recently I wrote quite a few posts about dealing with legacy Perl code in corporations. One of the key things is the need to write automated tests and to set up a CI system. The Perl community was really good at writing tests for the CPAN modules and making it easy to write test. The Perl community (or members of it) even created the CPAN Testers a sort of slow CI system that was one of the best such systems in the early 2000s.

However when I look at the stats I've been collecting it seems that only 50% of recently uploaded CPAN modules have any form of CI system configured. (Actually maybe I should look at the cup half full and celebrate that 50% already have CI? I don't have numbers about other programming language communities.) I keep hoping that more people will embrace the idea. I even recorded a video explaining the new CI system I set up for Test::Class. moved to its new host without any noticeable downtime.

MetaCPAN keyboard shortcuts: Did you know that pressing '?' while on MetaCPAN will show you the keyboard shortcuts? I did not. I ran a poll in the Perl programmers group on Facebook: 102 did not know, and only 2 new. One of them being Olaf Alders, who runs MetaCPAN. I also asked on the Perl Maven LinkedIn page. You can still vote there.

Enjoy your week!

Gabor Szabo


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Announcements has a new home

by Ricardo Signes (RJBS)

I personally got along with RT, but I think it is great that continues living. As a side-effect it was also upgraded from v4.0.18 to v5.0.


Writing a Perl Core Feature - part 9: Tests

by Paul Evans (PEVANS)

Adding a feature or making any changes to code isn't ready till you also wrote tests that verify the new feature and ensure that future changes will not break this feature.

Thoughts, quotes and thoughts about regex

by Thibault Duponchelle

Regex are one of the superpowers 💪 of Perl

Mojo::UserAgent introductory notes

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Some notes about using Mojo as a web client.

Sets in Perl using Set::Scalar

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Do you remember sets and Venn diagrams from school? Have you ever needed set operations while programming? It is rarely needed, but when it is then it is good to know you can use a module in Perl to help you.

xmpl - remote key/value store healthz revisited

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

Changing approach to establish the health of a KVStore::Remote object for xmpl. With rationale.

Exceptional Perl: Failure is an option

by Mark Gardner

Failure is a universal truth of computers. Files fail to open, web pages fail to load, programs fail to install, messages fail to arrive. As a developer you have no choice but to work in a seemingly hostile environment in which bugs and errors lurk around every corner. - a nice overview of the options in Perl.

What return is expected from a function?

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

Context in Perl: covering the wantarray, function and the want and howmany functions of

Line noise

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

How to make Perl much more readable by formatting the code. Though I am not sure having a variable called $star = '*'; is a good idea, neither do I easily understand multi-level ternary operators.

Way Too Many IF-THEN-ELSEs? Try a Lookup Table

by Bill Costa

It is nice to see a (5-dimension) lookup table formatted as, well, a table.

xmpl - visibility API

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

So you thought that the neverending series about xmpl was over, didn't you?!? Yet another little facility...

The Hijacking of

by brian d foy (BDFOY)

The story behind the crime.


IPC::Cmd considered harmful

by Flavio Poletti (POLETTIX)

I prefer to use Capture::Tiny, but it is not in the core. (Which is a whole separate discussion.) The post got extensive feedback on Reddit.


GitHub Actions CI job for Perl Test::Class - checking downstream dependencies as well

by Gabor Szabo (SZABGAB)

In this video I went over and explained the CI job I set up for Test::Class to try to minimize the risk of changes. It includes running the tests of several downstream distributions and a scheduled job to ensure upstream changes don't break the module during the time no one is working on the code.


Building a microservice in Perl, part 1: Designing the API

by Mark Gardner

Creating the OpenAPI design for a simple web application.


Browse CPAN modules per namespaces

by Thibault Duponchelle

There are a few special, or advanced searches in MetaCPAN.They are listed in the FAQ, but that's not easy to notice. Thibault pointed at one of the examples and even suggested a new mode of browsing. What do you think. Would the treeview help you?

CPAN Mirror List Changes

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The Weekly Challenge - 102

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Welcome new week with couple of fun tasks "Rare Numbers" and "Hash-counting String". If you are new to the weekly challenge then why not join us and have fun every week. For more information, please read FAQ page.

RECAP - The Weekly Challenge - 101

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Enjoy quick recap of last week contributions by the Team PWC dealing with the "Pack a Spiral" and "Origin-containing Triangle" tasks in Perl and Raku. You will find plenty of solutions to keep you busy.

Perl Review - Perl Weekly Challenge - 099

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Perl Solutions Review by Colin Crain.


Weekly collections

The corner of Gabor

A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.


Purdue Perl Mongers - HackLafayette

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Houston Perl Mongers Online Meeting - Lightning Talks

March 11th, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

German Perl Workshop 2021

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Toronto Perl Mongers Online Meeting

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Berlin Perl Mongers

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Smart Shopper = Smart Saver. Perl role in Vienna

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