Monthly Archives: April 2013

OODA vs technical debt

This post is a response to Ovid's series about agility without testing: How to be agile without testing When must you test your code? Code evolution vs intelligent design I started to respond to the last and realized that my comment was long enough to be a blog post of my own. First, let me […]

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Why the latest File::Temp might surprise you

There was a subtle API change in File::Temp 0.23 that improves consistency, but might break old, buggy code. Prior to 0.23, here was the calling signature for the functional and object oriented interfaces for File::Temp (with some creative spacing to show the problem): Notice how new() doesn't take a template argument. Instead, you're supposed to […]

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The Annotated Lancaster Consensus

The official Lancaster Consensus document is on Github. This blog post is an annotated review of it. The Lancaster Consensus At the first Perl QA Hackathon in 2008 in Oslo, a number of QA and toolchain authors, maintainers and experts came together to agree on some common standards and practices. This became known as "The […]

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Perl QA hackathon 2013 wrapup

I've been back from the Perl QA 2013 hackathon for a few days and I'm probably overdue to write about the trip. I'm intimidated by last years writeup — I must have been feeling a lot peppier on the plane a year ago. I've also been busying writing up the notes from the "Lancaster Consensus" […]

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CPXXXAN is SexPAN

At the Perl QA Hackathon, I and others were constantly tripping over how to pronounce CPXXXAN — David Cantrell's family of platform-specific or Perl version-specific subsets of CPAN. Some people suggested we pronounce it "spandex" for some reason, but that's already a better fit for Chris Williams' CPANIDX modules. Only on the final night did […]

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