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  • Posted MetaCPAN Officially Welcomes Our OPfW and GSoC Participants to Olaf Alders

    The MetaCPAN project would like officially to welcome our summer of 2014 Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreach Program for Women (OPfW) participants. We had a lot of interest this time around and some great applications. Our OPfW participant is Pattawan…

  • Commented on You Can Help MetaCPAN by Helping the QA Hackathon
    Thanks @Ether. We might be skewed slightly towards North America, but it's close. Europe might actually more accurately be the middle point....
  • Posted MetaCPAN 2014 QA Hackathon Retrospective to Olaf Alders

    This was my second QA Hackathon, the first being 2012 in Paris. This year, I had a lot of good conversations with various people about MetaCPAN's role in the Perl ecosystem and I pushed a decent amount of code. A lot of it is waiting to be merged, but here's the gist of it.

    On the plane o…

  • Posted You Can Help MetaCPAN by Helping the QA Hackathon to Olaf Alders

    As I was spending some time updating the list of MetaCPAN sponsors, it occurred to me that we had not listed the QA Hackathon as one of our sponsors. I came to realize that this was a fairly…

  • Posted MetaCPAN Welcomes its Newest Sponsor: GitHub to Olaf Alders

    We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes on MetaCPAN lately and we've come to the realization that we needed some private repository hosting. In the past, we've reached out to companies where we had contacts, and they've been happy to…

  • Posted MetaCPAN is Hiring! to Olaf Alders

    OK, so that's maybe not 100% accurate, but we are looking for students who want to get paid to work with us. How can you get paid to work on MetaCPAN? There are currently two really great options: the Outreach…

  • Commented on I hate Dist::Zilla and missing Makefile.PL
    I have to echo what Jim Keenan said about the tone of this post. It really is about _how you say it_. This stuff hangs around not only on disk but in human memory. I've seen people who are technically...
  • Posted Toronto.pm monthly meetings are now streamed live to Olaf Alders

    I was quite happy to see Samuel Kaufman's post on how to stream your local PM/whatever meetings. We've been experimenting with streaming our Toronto.pm meetings for the past few months. …

  • Commented on A convention for Changes files
    MetaCPAN is aware of CHANGES, Changes, ChangeLog, Changelog, CHANGELOG and NEWS. See https://github.com/CPAN-API/metacpan-web/blob/master/lib/MetaCPAN/Web/Model/API/Release.pm#L265...
  • Commented on Comment Submission Error
    I get the same message when I click "Preview", so I've been avoiding comment previews, but Toby's workflow makes sense to get around the bug. I will not be previewing this comment......
  • Commented on Wikipedia linking to CPAN
    Pointing to the latest release is indeed the most important thing here. Having said that, MetaCPAN really suffers in comparison to s.c.o. when it comes to inbound links. Changing some existing links to point to MetaCPAN should eventually help get...
  • Posted Fiddling with the metacpan.org URLs to Olaf Alders

    One of the pain points of MetaCPAN is that URLs don't always point where you would expect them to. For example, should a script be found under metacpan.org/module/*? Does that make sense? What happens when someone releases a module with the name of the script? Please note that we're talking…

  • Posted Perl Mongers Meetings via Google Hangout to Olaf Alders

    This past Thursday we tried something new at Toronto.pm We decided to try having our in-person meeting also available online via Google Hangout. So far all feedback has been positive and it allowed us to have a meeting of 15 people rather than just the 10 who made the trip to our usual…

  • Posted Ab(Using) the MetaCPAN API for Fun and Profit v2013 to Olaf Alders

    I'll be speaking about using (and abusing) the MetaCPAN API on day 2 of YAPC::NA. If you think you might be attending (or even if you're not), I thought I'd post some links to some helpful info. No, you don't need to do any prep for this…

  • Commented on Sifting Through the CPAN
    It was pointed out to me that I should have mentioned in my original post that Task::Kensho also has some valuable data for folks looking to find the right module for a given task....
  • Commented on Sifting Through the CPAN
    As far as PrePAN goes, that's maybe the subject of a blog post in itself, but essentially you have a forum dedicated to discussing your module that is social, not tied to an email thread and has a dedicated URL...
  • Commented on Encouraging bloggers to use the 'extended' feature
    How is an ad hominem helpful here?...
  • Commented on Idea: perl community homepage
    I think this is probably a bit beyond the scope of metacpan.org as it stands right now, but it's a perfect use case for the MetaCPAN API. I'd like to see this get done and am happy to help where...
  • Commented on What's wrong with CPAN?
    Not a stretch at all. That's a feature request that would belong in metacpan-web. :)...
  • Commented on The CPAN Unknown Usage problem
    Some of this could be solved with tags and as far as the concept of following goes, we could also put together a newsfeed, which is maybe a bit like what you see on your Github page. So, you'd see...
  • Commented on A couple of ideas for improving commenting/reviewing CPAN modules
    If there were a cpanratings API, we would love to integrate it with MetaCPAN....
  • Posted Sifting Through the CPAN to Olaf Alders

    Some interesting stuff has been said today on The Four Major Problems with CPAN, Don't release…

  • Commented on Pumpkin Perl - Redux
    I'm glad you've taken the time to reframe the debate here and bring it back to solving one specific problem rather than "well, if we do x then we have to do y, z etc as well". Fixing a problem...
  • Commented on PAUSE permissions should be case-insensitive
    See also Dancer vs dancer (both provided by the same dist) and CGI vs cgi (different dists). It can indeed be very confusing....
  • Commented on Perl 7
    I think there's some real value in the year-based versioning scheme. As you've said, looking at older Perls, it really isn't obvious how old the builds are solely by looking at the version numbers. I know I don't have that...
  • Commented on Installing all CPAN modules
    There is Bundle::Everything, but it's a bit out of date and not complete anyway. It has a lot of stuff in it, though....
  • Commented on A quick static file webserver
    Very nice! If you want a ready-made solution, you can also do something like this with http_this, which I find myself doing a lot, actually....
  • Commented on 50% of the new CPAN uploads lack a repository link
    MetaCPAN was completely re-indexed before traffic was switched over to the new machine, so if you're querying the API you're essentially getting the same information this week as you would have gotten last week. :)...
  • Posted MetaCPAN is Moving Today (Dec 31, 2012) to Olaf Alders

    This is just a quick note to let everyone know that MetaCPAN is moving to a new hosting sponsor today (Dec 31st). Our old hosting relationship with speedchilli.com has unfortunately come to an end. We've been quite grateful for and more than satisfied with…

  • Commented on CPAN module recommendation system
    This looks really good. It has already pointed me towards App::p as a module I'd like to try out. :) I think there's stuff in here which would be great to incorporate into MetaCPAN at some point. It works really...
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