Monthly Report - November

November was the quietest month for me. I would give credit to the book Why We Sleep, gifted by Neil Bowers. I haven't finished reading the book yet but whatever I read so far made a big difference. A very big THANK YOU to Neil. I no longer do late nights, technically that means no work after midnight for me. However I do wake up early on weekends and finish the pending work. One more change, I noticed that I don't visit MetaCPAN very often. Earlier I used to checkout every 30 minutes during the day. But now I do it once every couple of days. Having done 160 Pull Requests in October, then doing only 51 Pull Requests in November feels so light. In fact I reached my monthly target of 50+ Pull Requests in the third week of November. Last one week was relaxing, I made conscious efforts not to look for Pull Request.

I used my FREE time to do some planning for Year 2020. I am planning to go full on next year with regard to "[ Perl | Raku | The ] Weekly Challenge". I wrote a blog about it as well. All this depends how much financial support I could attract. I have ZERO experience in doing community work and this is my first attempt on a such a large scale. With generous sponsor like Pete Sergeant of Perl Careers, the journey has been smooth so far. I am looking for more such sponsors so that we could reach out to wider audiences. I am not sure if it is good idea to put one or two "Advert Banner"? If we don't get any sponsorship in the year 2020, I will continue as I am doing today. Rest assure, I wont abandon this project, no matter what.

There have been sudden interest in doing "The Weekly Challenge" in guest languages. I am so proud of my team for their efforts. I feel like there is so much to learn from their hard work but don't have enough time. Sometimes, I feel like giving back some kind reward for the contributions, unfortunately I don't have such luxury. I try to give credit where it is due as much as I can. They should be recognized for their contributions to the community in general, something similar like "The White Camel Awards". Because, the weekly challenge is not just about Perl so we should avoid having "Camel" in the award. Any suggestions? It would be great if we could agree on the something before 25th March 2020, our first anniversary.

I am even thinking of starting "Weekly Challengers Group" in every country, similar to "Perl Mongers Group", where they meetup once or twice a year and share their experience. Any suggestions?

Last but not the least, it is day one of "Advent Calendar" today and how can we not join the fun. Therefore I decided to do "Advent Calendar" just to showcase the contributions of respected team members. Please do checkout the Advent Calendar 2019.

Let's take a quick look through last month main activities.

  • Pull Request
  • Git Commits
  • Perl Weekly Challenge
  • Pull Request Club
  • Perl Blog
  • PerlWeekly Newsletter
  • Adopt CPAN Module

Pull Request

51 Pull Requests submitted in the month of November. With this I have now completed 50+ Pull Request every month so far in the year 2019, one of my new year resolutions.

2203 Pull Requests altogether.

Git Commits

776 commits recorded in the month of November.

Overall 9060 commits recorded so far in the year 2019.

Perl Weekly Challenge

Perl Weekly Challenge proposed in the month of October

I have also reviewed the weekly challenges and they are listed as below:

Please checkout the interview with the last month champions.

Pull Request Club

Last month, I received LWP::Protocol::https by Olaf Alders. I submitted one Pull Request and it is already accepted and merged by the author.

Perl Blog

Last month, I blogged about the following topics.

Perl Weekly Newsletter

Last month, I edited 2 editions of The Perl Weekly newsletter i.e. Issue #432 and Issue #434.

Adopt CPAN Module

None in the last month.


Thank goodness you are getting some sleep, mate. Put in some family time as well...those kids will grow up and you will miss the most fun part of their lives. Your hard work is very much appreciated, but you are no good to anyone if you go ill or mad.

I'm happy to hear you're getting more sleep! It was your talk about the work you put into running the Perl weekly challenge that shocked me into sending you that book.

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About Mohammad S Anwar

user-pic CPAN Contributor. Co-editor of Perl Weekly newsletter. Run Perl Weekly Challenge @PerlWChallenge. Father of 3 angels. Indian by birth, British by choice.