Test::More in serious need of review, be afraid!

Do you want Test-* to be released with only one pair of eyes spending any significant time looking at it? No? Me either!

This blog post is a cry out for review. Test-Builder/More/Simple are being seriously reworked. From my perspective as the author of these changes everything looks fine, but that is just one set of eyes.

How can you help?

Test-More status update

The new Test-More stuff will NOT be part of 5.22 as originally planned. Instead the latest stable with ship with 5.22. The reason for this is a perl-qa consensus about a design decision that should be changed.

Back when performance was a problem I tried out using array based objects instead of hash base ones. In profiling, the object system was one of the big time eaters. While I changed the base to arrays I also changed how the accessors were built, and how some other parts of the objects worked. In the end my profiling showed huge improvements. Unfortunately I failed to measure the…

Test-Simple, Test-More, and Test-Builder. What is breaking? Should I be scared?

Whats breaking? Much less than you might expect, but more than I had hoped.

That about sums it up! (Just kidding.) But in all seriousness, PLEASE TEST YOUR CODE!. Please install the trial releases of Test-Simple, try building your dependency chains against it! Please also try your non-cpan code against it. There has been plenty of warning, and you still have almost 3 months to file bug reports.

Test-Simple, updated release plan

After talking with the toolchain, and Ricardo Signes, a new Test-Simple release plan has been made. The Test-Simple release will sync up with blead and the 5.22.0 release (well, kind of).

This is the perl release schedule:

  • 2015-01-20 5.21.8 Contentious changes freeze

  • 2015-02-20 5.21.9 User-visible changes freeze

  • 2015-03-20 5.21.10 Full code freeze

  • 2015-05-20 5.22.0 Stable release!

We settled on 2015-03-19 as the Test-Simple release date. The idea is to …

Test-Simple release plan

Unless something comes up, I plan to release the new Test-Simple, with refactored and new internals, on Saturday January 10'th.


This trial version has been on cpan since December 28'th. No issues have been reported against this trial version. Assuming that does not change I will re-release it as stable. Now is absolutely the time to check your code against this new version.

The goal from the start has been to maintain compatibility as much as possible. …