Monthly Archives: October 2013

Dist::Zilla ♥ encoding

Last weekend I went to a Dist::Zilla "micro-hackathon" at Ricardo Signes' house. This is something we've done before, setting aside some focused time to tackle something tough. This time, we set out to fix the leaky encoding handling in Dist::Zilla and Ricardo explains the result well in his blog. But what about Plugins? I'm really […]

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Only the bravest CPAN warriors need apply

Are you a CPAN warrior? Are you up for a challenge? Read on... I have finally fixed the CPAN.pm branch that implements support for recommends and suggests prerequisites. It seems to work, but CPAN.pm internals are so hairy that I wouldn't be surprised if there are still subtle bugs. I don't think it will melt […]

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Five percent of indexed CPAN packages come from just two distributions

And both have to do with advertising. Counting all packages indexed in 02packages.details.txt (possibly across multiple tarball versions), two distributions account for 5% of CPAN packages: GOOGLE-ADWORDS-PERL-CLIENT Microsoft-AdCenter Here are the top 10 with the number of index lines each: Together they account for 8.6% of the 135,000 or so currently indexed packages.

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Real $VERSIONs on CPAN

I've been looking at patterns of $VERSION definition in the wild. And, wow. There's some crazy stuff out there. Remember that the way PAUSE (and other tools) parse a $VERSION definition line is not by loading the module, but by extracting it as a standalone line and essentially running it through eval. PAUSE says this […]

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