meta::hack log

Last week, I attended meta::hack, the MetaCPAN hackathon in Chicago. I'm the maintainer for CPAN Testers, the central database for CPAN users to send in test reports on CPAN distributions and one of MetaCPAN's data sources. I asked to join them so I could improve how MetaCPAN consumes CPAN Testers data, and ensure the stability and reliability of that consumption.

Here's a detailed log of what I was able to accomplish, and information on the new development of CPAN Testers.

Beam::Emitter v1.004 Released

This week, I released a new version of Beam::Emitter. A lot has changed since the first releases, so here's some details on all the new features.

Beam::Emitter is a role for turning your classes into event emitters. Being an event emitter allows other classes to subscribe to important events from your object. Subscribers can use these events to perform additional tasks, transform your object's data, or otherwise extend and enhance your class. Beam::Emitter makes your class extensible by allowing you to provide specific places for custom code to run.

Since the 1.000 release last year, Beam::Emitter has gotten quite a few new features and bug fixes to make it easier to use and safer for your code.

Log::Any 1.044-TRIAL released

A new trial of Log::Any (1.044) has been released. This release has a couple changes that make Log::Any a bit more predictable:

  • Passing in objects to formatted log methods now handles objects that overload stringify correctly. Previously, these objects would be given to Data::Dumper, which violates object encapsulation. Thanks Philipp Gortan (@mephinet)!
  • The imported Log::Any object (use Log::Any '$log') can now be named anything (like $LOG or $foo).

Since CPAN Testers is still catching up from its little bit of downtime a few weeks ago, I won't be releasing this as stable until I get some success reports in. So, you've got some time to test this against your own codebase if you need to. Please report any issues to the Log-Any Github repository.

Log::Any 1.042 Released

Since CPANTesters for Log-Any are all showing green for last week's trial release, I've pushed a new standard release of Log::Any 1.042 to CPAN.

New Log::Any Trial Release 1.041

I've just released a new Log::Any trial release. This release improves performance immensely when there are no log output adapters configured. This release also now returns the formatted log string from logging methods, allowing the log message to be used by a die or warn call.

Because of these changes, there is a very small chance of an incompatibility: Log::Any logging methods used to return whatever the configured adapter returned (this was undocumented and was not a feature). Now they always return the formatted log message.

So if you depend on Log::Any, please give Log-Any-1.041-TRIAL a test run through and report any issues to the Log-Any Github tracker.