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Toby Inkster

  • Commented on A fast pragmatic test runner
    I wonder if this could be achieved with a lockfile of some kind? Test files that work in parallel try to open a shared lock on a particular file (say t/lock), and wait until they obtain the lock. Test files...
  • Commented on A most amusing annoyance
    In most (all?) Unix shells, a parameter can be partly quoted. For example: echo 'foo'bar'baz' will print out "foobarbaz". It is this feature that allows parameters like --foo="bar baz" to work, so it's a valuable feature. Anyway, with your command,...
  • Commented on Which modules are currently loaded by process?
    I like Devel::TraceUse. I've used it a lot developing Type::Tiny to help me figure out where I'm unnecessarily loading modules. However, unless I've missed a feature it does not tell you the full path of each module that has been...
  • Commented on Synchronizing Opera bookmarks with Perl, Org, and git
    I use Opera 12 on Linux. You know it has the ability to export bookmarks as HTML, using the same format Netscape used to use many moons ago. I believe it is mostly round-trippable....
  • Posted Exporter::Tiny nearing 1.000000 to Toby Inkster

    Yes, in my warped mathematics, 0.042 is nearly 1.000000.

  • Posted Planet Moose - September 2014 to Toby Inkster
  • Posted Book Report - September 2014 to Toby Inkster

    As you may be aware, I'm writing a book which will eventually become a free e-book. (Oh how I'm beginning to hate the e- prefix on everything vaguely related to computers. Or should I call them…

  • Commented on CPAN Testers & pre-requisite reporting
    The problem with these proposed solutions is that they assume that the release at fault is always going to be a trial one. I could release a seriously broken version of Exporter::Tiny as a stable release, and break a couple...
  • Commented on Event::Lib
    I'd suggest releasing 1.04 to CPAN straight away. As you're not the maintainer, it won't be officially indexed, so people won't be able to install it using: cpan Event::Lib Instead they'll need to install it like: cpan CRUX/Event-Lib-1.04.tar.gz Then, if...
  • Commented on Test::More has lots of crazy new development that's breaking my modules
    Exodist is making a lot of changes to the Test::More guts, which will hopefully lead to a much better Test::More. The aim is that the result should eventually be API-compatible with older Test::More. Because of the major changes, he's rightly...
  • Commented on Logically And Yourself (&&=)
    This is because the eval block isn't getting executed after the 4th iteration in your &&= case. You're effectively almost short-circuiting the loop. You could achieve a similar effect by inserting next unless $is_proofed; before the eval block in your...
  • Posted Object::Util to Toby Inkster

    I've recently released a new module called Object::Util to CPAN. This is a set of handy methods for working with classes and objects in Perl. It is inspired by

  • Commented on Install XML::LibXML without root
    The gist of how to patch XML::LibXML's Makefile.PL can be found in this ticket....
  • Commented on Install XML::LibXML without root
    A while back I created Alien::LibXML that installs a copy of libxml2 into one of your @INC paths. If you can install Perl modules, you can install it. Submitting a patch to XML::LibXML's Makefile.PL to check for Alien::LibXML has been...
  • Commented on Some new MetaCPAN features
    I really like the new version of the dashboard. Some suggestions: The bug counts could be a link to the issue tracker. Rather than using an "X" is those three centre columns, maybe use "R", "L", and "A". This is...
  • Commented on How does <email>@cpan.org work?
    The potential problem with them forwarding all mail unflitered to your primary e-mail address so that you can filter it, is that if you're filtering it yourself, you've lost out on one of the best ways to filter spam: originating...
  • Commented on Single-page POD for a distribution
    All versions of Opera prior to version 15 can do split screen....
  • Commented on Link to public version control system (GitHub or otherwise)
    A big improvement!...
  • Commented on Data::Dumper Debugging
    Yowch! Anyway, the first thing I do on any new Unixy box is: chsh -s `which tcsh` `whoami`...
  • Commented on I hate unpacking sub calls with shift
    Generally speaking I use shift for the invocant of method calls, or arguments I consider to be especially privileged. (If those arguments happened to be at the end of @_, I'd use pop, but that's not often the case.) Other...
  • Commented on Urging users with good test suites to test-drive latest DBIx::Class trial
    You have no access because people have been worried about what might happen if you find a way to harness the power of The Dark(pan) Side....
  • Commented on Quacks who write software make us all look bad
    It is possible that Dr Mato Nagel is a polymath and has doctorates in both medicine and sociology, though in this case I think your explanation is more likely....
  • Commented on Data::Dumper Debugging
    I don't know why bash users still reach for 2>&1 to pipe STDERR. Since version 4 (released five years ago), bash has supported a much simpler syntax borrowed from C shell and Korn shell: command1 |& command2 This combines STDOUT...
  • Commented on Data::Dumper Debugging
    Data::Dump doesn't have an equivalent of local $Data::Dumper::Deparse = 1;. And the $VAR1 = crud in Data::Dumper can be suppressed using local $Data::Dumper::Terse = 1;. Overall, Data::Dump does a better job with whitespace though....
  • Commented on Data::Dumper Debugging
    Perl warnings go to STDERR anyway, so I'm already in the habit of: perl whatever.pl |& less...
  • Posted Planet Moose - August 2014 to Toby Inkster

    Welcome to Planet Moose, a brief write up on what's been happening in the world of Moose in the past month, for the…

  • Commented on Data::Dumper Debugging
    Yes, I like Carp::Reply. It only kicks in when you reach an exception though. I like the idea of dropping into a REPL, poking around, exiting the REPL and resuming execution from there. Useful if you want to, say, poke...
  • Commented on Single-page POD for a distribution
    With multiple pages, you can open them in different browser tabs, or different terminals, and flick back and forth between them pretty easily. I'd actually expect the documentation to be harder to read if you were having to scroll up...
  • Commented on Data::Dumper Debugging
    Data::Printer produces nice output, and I used to use it quite a lot. I got frustrated by a couple of things though. For objects it shows a list of methods they have - awesome, right? However, it fails to show...
  • Commented on Rewriting Pod::Readme
    I've always taken the readme-from-pod route (which many people seem to do), but have recently been thinking that duplicating the information from the pod as a README file is fairly pointless. Instead a smaller README file containing the distribution's abstract,...
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