CPAN Testers Summary - August 2010 - Mourning Sun

It's the end of an era. After 11 years from the first official CPAN Testers test report submission, the cpan-testers mailing list has finally closed its doors. From now on, anyone sending a test report via SMTP, will receive a bounce-back email. Most have already upgraded and reconfigured their smoker clients to use HTTP/S. For those that haven't or are new testers wanting to start afresh, please read the Quick Start page on the CPAN Testers Wiki, and join the cpan-testers-discuss mailing list to ask for help and advice.

For those wondering still wondering why we have moved from SMTP to HTTP submissions, please see my talk from YAPC::Europe, entitled "CPAN Testers 2.0 - I love it when a plan comes together". It was a talk I tried to give some background to for our reasons and motivations for the move. However, the bottom line is that we want CPAN Testers to evolve and grow further, with more diagnostics and analysis. With the old method of reporting and submission, that just wasn't possible. We have lots of ideas to expand the reporting, but first we need CT2.0 to settle in. We need to make upgrading and installation for anyone, especially our casual testers as easy as possible. There is still some fine tuning happening, but we are moving forward.

While at YAPC::Europe this year in Pisa, the White Camel Awards were announced. Despite being a reluctant recipient, I was awarded one for my work here with CPAN Testers. While I might be the glue that keeps us together, it really is all of the CPAN Testers Community that makes it all worthwhile. Though I saw the value and worth of what we do several years ago, and perhaps have had more time and motivation to promote what we do, the award really is a big big thank you to all the testers and developers who have been a part of CPAN Testers for the past 11 years. It has been a pleasure meeting many of you at conferences and workshops over the years, and hopefully I'll get to meet many more in the future. I started my involvement in CPAN Testers because of a BOF Léon Brocard gave at YAPC::Europe 2003 in Paris. In turn over the past few years I've helped to encourage others to become involved. The CPAN Testers Community has continually evolved and become a very respected community based testing team, even outside of the echo-chamber. I look forward to what we can achieve in the next 11 years.

In the final days of the SMTP submissions, I have been back mapping many of the addresses to people. Last month I also sent out the request email, for testers to help identify themselves. I had a great response, to which I thank you all, and managed to update several entries. In addition, several newer testers have followed my request and used their CPAN/PAUSE email, or have identified themselves well enough for me to spot them. In addition I took some time to work though mailing lists, whois entries, HTML source, open source code and all manner of nooks and crannies around the internet to identify many more. In all, over the last 2 months I've mapped 167 addresses to real people, of which 106 are new mappings to testers never previously identified. Many of these are brand new testers.

Because the new system of registering a profile is slightly different, the new mechanism to map testers is now also being fed from the Metabase. As such the new Administration system, that has been waiting in the wings for over a year, needs a few updates to be able to use both the new and old systems together. This shouldn't be a huge amount of change, but it does mean that it will be a little while longer before we can launch it.

One final achievement that needs noting from last month is the fact that we passed the 8 millionth accepted report submission. 11 years ago, I wonder if those first testers ever thought that we would have amassed so many reports. We were getting through roughly 1 million reports every 5-6 months back last year, but the throttling and switch over have reduced the submissions for the first half of this year. We're starting to see the numbers climb again, so I expect this time next year we should have passed the 10 millionth report submission.

Onwards and Upwards....

Cross-posted from The CPAN Testers Blog

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