Perl QA Hackathon 2015
yeah me too ....
Or lets call it insights from an imposterer. I just came because I like the people and I could visit my brother and maybe Berlin art galleries. (which I did). I knew the place because German Perl Workshop two years ago was here too. So i could show people the way to the pub when they left work from day one I just came from train station and could immediately say hai to ingy - perfect.
So was I of any other other use than chatting, eating and having good time. I remembered how I sneaked into AUTHORS file and checked some parts of perldoc I knew something about and found yet again outdated passages. I took around a hour a bit unpleasent work but the result were two patches. Nice feel when an old hack still works.
Since I mostly maintain the Perl pages in German Wikipedia I reread some of them and fixed some minor issues and reported errors/missing stuff on related pages raising a bit the quality of the more visible parts of Perl. I think most of you can see that as QA too. Good part it felt still like holiday from university, especially with so many pleasant people around and the food - don't get me started. Wendy went nuts to serve us the best available.
Actually this part wasn't that much because I do that regularly. But as ingy pointed out: the hackathon also gives you the motivation to do more - much better than the wooden tuits. And even that brings bonus productivity to Perl world. Because meanwhile I had a smooth time several people at the core are now aware of what my work is waiting for or where I could be at help. People I would not communicated in mail just like that without a reason.
Another thing I worked on but with no visible results yet, is the comeback of the translation of perldoc in our wiki. It partial, outdated, its... its a wki you could imagine. So i not only talked with tina what to do aboout it - I actually started to translate the new perlintro coming with 5.22 which i need anyway for my Perl mini course at university.
And speaking of tuts. We (de.perl.org) host currently the most up to date Perl tut in German. It surely needs more attention but I also want to extend it so that even programming newbs can start to program with Perl 5 or even Perl 6. Its still in early stages but I used my little time there also a bit to keep things moving.
Thats mostly it - being part of the "shit down the river" discussion was great fun. You clearly missed something.