MetaCPAN 2014 QA Hackathon Retrospective

This was my second QA Hackathon, the first being 2012 in Paris. This year, I had a lot of good conversations with various people about MetaCPAN's role in the Perl ecosystem and I pushed a decent amount of code. A lot of it is waiting to be merged, but here's the gist of it.

On the plane on the way over, I did a bunch of cleanup on the API. Mostly style changes, but it makes some of files easier on the eyes. RWSTAUNER was kind enough to fix my failing build after I pushed the code.

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You Can Help MetaCPAN by Helping the QA Hackathon

As I was spending some time updating the list of MetaCPAN sponsors, it occurred to me that we had not listed the QA Hackathon as one of our sponsors. I came to realize that this was a fairly significant omission since, if you run the numbers, the QA Hackathon is one of our biggest sponsors. The hackathon has sponsored a MetaCPAN hacker for 3 years now. 2011 (Amsterdam), 2012 (Paris) and 2014 (Lyon). The 2012 and 2014 sponsorships involve me flying across the Atlantic and all 3 years…

MetaCPAN Welcomes its Newest Sponsor: GitHub

We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes on MetaCPAN lately and we've come to the realization that we needed some private repository hosting. In the past, we've reached out to companies where we had contacts, and they've been happy to help. Last night, I wondered if anyone on Twitter would be able to help us out. That was at 11:17 PM EST. By 12:27 AM Johannes Plunien had forwarded my request…

MetaCPAN is Hiring!

OK, so that's maybe not 100% accurate, but we are looking for students who want to get paid to work with us. How can you get paid to work on MetaCPAN? There are currently two really great options: the Outreach Program for Women (OPfW) and the Google Summer of Code (GSoC).

What MetaCPAN needs from you is to help spread the word to interested students who may want to participate. Here's the pitch:

There are lo…

Toronto.pm monthly meetings are now streamed live

I was quite happy to see Samuel Kaufman's post on how to stream your local PM/whatever meetings. We've been experimenting with streaming our Toronto.pm meetings for the past few months. Last night we had our annual September lightning talks and I feel like we finally got it right -- or at least we're getting very close. We had a laptop set up at the front of the room. Each speaker used this laptop and a USB key with their…