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The next Test::More might break fragile test modules

I recently submitted a patch for Test::More that improves subtest readability, but might break fragile test modules. As part of the pull-request discussion, I promised to blog about the change to warn people, so here it is. When Test::More added subtests (usable as of 0.96), the name of the subtest only appeared at the end […]

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Perl QA Hackathon 2014 Report

tl;dr → At the 2014 Perl QA hackathon in Lyon, I worked on PAUSE, Module::Metadata, version number semantics, Test::Harness, CPAN.pm, CPAN::Reporter, Dist::Zilla and more. Why do I love the QA hackathon? As I mentioned in my TPF grant application, the QA hackathon allows me to work in a concentrated way for several days on parts […]

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Why I finally joined Gittip and why you should, too

I was a Gittip skeptic. Heck, I still am. But I signed up anyway and I'll tell you why. But first, I want to talk about money and altruism. Most people contribute to open source for free. They don't do it for money. They do it for fun or self-satisfaction. The danger of offering money […]

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Why you should use getcwd and not cwd

The Cwd module provides several functions for finding the current directory. The most similar-seeming are cwd and getcwd. Have you ever wondered why you should pick one or the other? I always use getcwd and I'll show you why. My ~/.dzil directory is a symlink to a git repository elsewhere. If I'm in that directory […]

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Why installing Dist::Zilla is slow and what you can do about it

Despite my previous rant about Dist::Zilla haters and why you don't need Dist::Zilla to contribute, I recognize that there is one thing that does require Dist::Zilla: installing from a patched repo without waiting for a CPAN release. Leaving aside whether that's really wise or not, I think it's the real frustration people are having with […]

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