So far 487 people have signed up for the 2015 CPAN Pull Request Challenge. Each month participants (who have just joined or completed the previous month) get a semi-randomly assigned distribution, and have one month to submit a pull request.
A lot of those 487 never did a PR, or did one and then dropped out. But plenty have stuck with it, and 56 perl hackers have had a November assignment so far. There are stragglers spread through the year as well, determined to submit a damn PR for the distribution they were assigned.
We're hoping to end on a bang: so far more than 30 past participants (who had submitted at least one PR) have rejoined just for December. Back in January I told RJBS that I hoped 100 people would do a PR in December. He said that'll never happen. Help me prove him wrong!
It's not too late to join, and just do one last PR in December: send email to me (neil at bowers dot com) with your github username and your PAUSE id if you have one. I'm giving a talk on the PRC at the London Perl Workshop, and it would be great if we could pass 500 sign-ups by then...
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CPAN Testers is an invaluable resource for all of us: it tests CPAN releases across a wide range of operating systems, versions and build configurations of Perl. This benefits the Perl community in two ways: (1) improving quality and (2) avoiding problems. If you use CPAN modules, then CPAN Testers is making those modules more reliable for you.
If you're an author, your releases will be tested on operating systems and versions of Perl that you may not have access to, and you'll be told if there are any failures. Addressing these failures makes your module more dependable. If you're going to use other modules from CPAN in your distribution, then CPAN Testers gives a good indication of how likely it is that they'll break your installation. If there are multiple modules for a given task, you can pick the one with fewest CPAN Testers failures.
If you're taking part in Hacktoberfest, you may have noticed that the list of suggested projects doesn't contain any Perl projects. So I've created CPANtoberfest, a list of CPAN projects with github repos, that you could hack on to get your free t-shirt.
The goal of Hacktoberfest is to get more people contributing to open source by submitting at least one pull request (PR) during the month of October. If you sign up and do at least four PRs in the month, then you'll get a free t-shirt.
If you're at YAPC::EU, please blog about the conference and your experience, and preferably do that before the end of this weekend: (1) the thoughts are still fresh in your mind, and we'll get your raw unedited thoughts, and (2) you stand a better chance of getting a mention in PerlWeekly :-)
Once you've published your blog post, tweet about it with the
#perl hashtags — that will increase your audience. For extra credit, please add a link to your blog post on the list of blog posts.
What should you write about? Here are some ideas.