Opt-in your CPAN repos for Hacktoberfest

If you haven't heard, Hacktoberfest has now become opt-in, to reduce the number of spammy, or pointless, pull requests that people were doing, to get the t-shirt. In this post I'll describe how to opt your repos in, how to find opted-in repos, and why your repo might not be turning up in searches.

So if you've got repos with issues that you'd be happy to receive pull requests on, add the topic hacktoberfest, and make sure that your repo turns up in searches.

Gisle Aas's CPAN distributions are available for adoption

Gisle Aas (GAAS on CPAN) is a well-known CPAN author, who made his first releases back in 1995. Over the years he has developed and maintained a number of keystone modules that most of us have relied on, whether we realised it or not. Gisle has informed the PAUSE admins that he will no longer be maintaining his CPAN distributions, and is open to responsible adoption. In this blog post we'll summarise what distributions are available, and our interpretation of responsible adoption.

If you're interested, please read this post, and if you still would like to adopt a distribution, contact the PAUSE admins (modules at perl dot org) and not Gisle.

PTS 2020 Cancelled

The Perl Toolchain Summit (PTS) won't be happening this year. It had been planned for Vienna, so we're hoping that PTS 2021 will be held in Vienna.

We had wondered about delaying it, or seeing whether there's interest in a virtual PTS, but right now we all have much more important things to worry about. When the time is right, we'll see what makes sense.

In the meantime, stay safe, and look after yourselves, your loved ones, and your neighbours.

Philippe, Laurent, Thomas, & Neil

Fastmail and Perl: an interview with Ricardo Signes

Ricardo (Rik) Signes is a member of the Perl community who has helped the programming language move forward as far as features, stability, and popularity. Previously, he was Perl’s Pumpking (manager of the core Perl 5 language), during which time he oversaw 5 major releases. Currently, he is a board member at the Perl Foundation and CTO at Fastmail, leading a development team working in Perl every day.

This blog post is brought to you by Fastmail, a gold sponsor for PTS. More information about Fastmail is provided at the end of this article.

PAUSE Projects at PTS 2019

Every year at the Perl Toolchain Summit (PTS), there is some work done on PAUSE, but 2019 was a vintage year. In this blog post we'll remind you exactly what PAUSE is and does, and then take you through the major bits of PAUSE work done.

This blog post is brought to you by ZipRecruiter, who were a Gold sponsor for the PTS. More information about ZipRecruiter is provided at the end of this article.