CPAN Day: Tuesday 16th August 2016

CPAN Day marks the day when the first distribution was recorded as being uploaded to CPAN. That was 16th August 1995, so we've been uploading modules for 21 years now!

On CPAN Day you could release something to CPAN, send a pull request on someone else's distribution, blog about Perl, or just head to the pub with fellow Perl hackers.

Thames Valley Perl Mongers

Thames Valley Perl Mongers, aka TVPM, are now having monthly social meetings at various locations in the Thames Valley (in the UK).

Our next meeting is next Monday (18th July) at 8pm, at The Jam Factory in Oxford. We're not going for the jam, but the beers.

Please delete old releases from your CPAN directory

The Perl NOC have informed the PAUSE admins that the CPAN Master is starting to get tight on diskspace. This is only a temporary constraint — at some point there will be a lot more space, but for now we need to free up some space.

A lot of space is being taken up by old releases, long since superseded. Please delete these old releases if you have some, and the NOC will stop being alerted.

Remember: everything you've ever released to CPAN will always be available in your BackPAN author directory. My PAUSE id is NEILB, so my BackPAN directory is:

backpan.perl.org/authors/id/N/NE/NEILB

Learning from other/experienced speakers

For this year's London Perl Workshop (LPW) I've suggested that one of the themes could be "first-time speakers", which means we need to do things to encourage and help new people to speak.

I've some ideas for how we might do that, and am hoping others will have ideas too. This post is about one of those ideas.

The QA Hackathon 2016 was a great success!

As you're probably very aware by now, the Perl QA Hackathon was last weekend, and it was a great success. Just under 40 people assembled in Rugby in the UK, to work on the Perl and CPAN infrastructure that everyone using Perl relies on. Many bugs were fixed, problems solved, ideas germinated, and cans kicked down the road. Those same people working alone for 4 days would not have achieved anywhere near as much, and that's why we do this, every year.