Veure's Test Suite

We're still hacking away on the Veure MMORPG and things are moving forward nicely, but I thought some folks would like to hear more about our development process. This post is about our test suite. I'd love to hear how it compares to yours.

Here's the full output:

$ prove -l t
t/001sanity.t ... ok   
t/perlcritic.t .. ok     
t/sqitch.t ...... ok     
t/tcm.t ......... ok       
All tests successful.
Files=4, Tests=740, 654 wallclock secs ( 1.57 usr  0.20 sys + 742.40 cusr 15.79 csys = 759.96 CPU)
Result: PASS

Let's break that down so you can see what we've set up. You'll note that what we've built strongly follows my Zen of Application Test Suites recommendations.

Perl 6, the Game of Thrones of Programming Languages

I've gotten a bit of grief over the title of a TechBeacon article I recently wrote: Why Perl 6 is the "Game of Thrones" of programming languages. I wrote the article, but the editors chose that title based on a throwaway line a couple of paragraphs in:

Like A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), which was started back in 1991 and is still being, ahem, "developed," good things come to those who--well, you know.

To be completely honest, I could have objected and the editors at TechBeacon would have changed it back. However, I didn't object because I was honestly curious what the reaction would be. The general reaction so far has been "great article, awful title." I've no idea if that clickbait title helped draw enough traffic to offset the bad impression of the title itself.

In other news, I now write semi-regularly for TechBeacon and you can check out the list of articles I've written (I'd write more often but I just don't have the time).

In fact, now that I think about it, the "wrong choice" title might be the only one I wrote.

For the curious, TechBeacon is a Hewlett Packard project to have a dev and tech site with articles written a bit more on the business side of the divide rather than just the technical side. It's a nice initiative and I hope it does well. The IT world needs more efforts in crossing the business/technical divide.

Private Moose Attributes

Working on a large internationalization (I18N) for one of our clients and I found myself in a curious position where I needed to build an I18N objects from users, companies, and web sites. It's tricky because there are multiple ways the object can be instantiated:

my $i18n = Our::I18N->new( domain  => $domain );
my $i18n = Our::I18N->new( user    => $user );
my $i18n = Our::I18N->new( company => $company );
my $i18n = Our::I18N->new( request => $c->request ); # at the Catalyst layer

Anything consuming the I18N object should be able to do things such as determine country and language, but should not be able see the user, company, or request because they should not be tightly coupled. There are tricks I could do with BUILDARGS to make the above work, but frankly, that's a pain and often a nasty hack. That's when bare Moose attributes and meta hacking come in handy.

A Naïve SQL Shell

For one client, I was told that our devs didn't have client access to a database with a problem, but they could connect via DBI. Thus, I whipped up the following to help them out.

It has command line history and mostly handles multi-line queries. It's not overly robust, but it's the sort of handy code you might just need in a pinch.

The Ovidian Update

Haven't posted anything for a while, but I'm not dead, just busy. Here's a quick recap of things that I think people might find of interest.

Send In The Clones (click for larger version)

First and foremost, I'm going to be in Brussels, Belgium, next weekend for FOSDEM. If you can make it, check out the Perl track. I'll be speaking about why people are finding Perl 6 so exciting. In particular, ever since the Christmas release, there's been a fair amount of chatter about Perl 6 and I've been paying a lot of attention to people who are looking at it for the first time, without a lot of preconceived notions. The reactions often range from "wow, that's cool", to "oh my goodness, I want that!" What's even more interesting is that they're not focusing on a particular feature (which would be scary as it would pigeonhole Perl 6 as a "niche" language). Instead, plenty of people getting excited about different things which scratch their particular programming fetishes: grammars, gradual typing, concurrency, and so on. It's fun to watch.

But there's more ...

About Ovid

user-pic Freelance Perl/Testing/Agile consultant and trainer. See http://www.allaroundtheworld.fr/ for our services. If you have a problem with Perl, we will solve it for you. And don't forget to buy my book! http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Perl-Curtis-Poe/dp/1118013840/