Please Try the Latest Test::Class::Moose

I’ve been doing a lot of work on Test::Class::Moose recently and I’ve released a trial distro with my changes. The highlights in this release are: Support for parameterized test classes – instantiate a class more than once with different parameters Separated the test runner from Test::Class::Moose itself – there is now a new Test::Class::Moose::Runner class so your test classes themselves are not also runners Integrated the parallel runner code into this new runner so you can just pass jobs => …

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Introduction to Moose Class at YAPC::NA 2014

The sign up for classes at this year’s YAPC is a little different than before. You sign up by pledging to a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdtilt. If enough people pledge then the class will happen (and you will be charged). So if you’re interested in taking my Introduction to Moose class, please sign up now! This class is a one day, interactive introduction to Moose. The class will take place on Sunday, June 22, the day before the conference proper …

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Free Software Sunday

I’ve been in Taiwan for about four weeks now. Most of the time I was working remotely (more remotely than usual), but for the last few days I’ve been on a real vacation in Taipei. I’ve had time to kill while my wife talks to her relatives (my Mandarin is not good enough for extended conversations) so I’ve been trying to work through my all too large rt.cpan and GH PR backlogs. The past year or two I haven’t had …

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Understanding and Using C Pointers from O’Reilly

For many years now I’ve flirted with the idea of finally learning C programming. I’d make attempts which usually consisted of re-reading the Kernighan and Ritchie book The C Programming Language, trying to hack on some C code, and then giving up in frustration. I really have no idea why that book is so widely lauded. It teaches the basic syntax of C, but does almost nothing to teach you the core concepts. It basically assumes that you understand the …

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My Take on the Latest YAPC Code of Conduct Kerfuffle

Michael Schwern has withdrawn as a speaker from YAPC::NA 2013 because he does not believe that the conference organizers will enforce the conference’s published Code of Conduct. This is based in part on a discussion (fight? spat? brawl?) that happened on the irc.perl.org #yapc IRC channel recently. The transcript of said discussion is probably worth reading before going further. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Okay, now that you read that particular piece of unpleasantness, I’ll offer my take on this mess. …

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MaxMind is Hiring a Senior QA Engineer

MaxMind, Inc., the company I work for, is hiring a Senior QA Engineer. This position is a development position, but your job will focus on writing tests, especially on automating functional testing, helping us build test tools, and working with support and customers to understand and document bugs. You won’t really be developing end products, nor do we expect you to spend a lot of time doing manual testing except when that’s necessary for reproducing bugs or building a test …

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Interview with Gabor; Moose Classes at YAPC::NA 2013

Gabor Szabo of Perl Maven recently interviewed me about my work in Perl and other random things. In retrospect, I clearly should have sat up and found some smaller headphones. I look like a very, very lazy nerd. Well, I guess that’s not so far off the mark. Gabor is doing a series of interviews with folks offering Master Classes at YAPC::NA 2013. I’ll be offering my Intro to Moose class again this year, and it’s not too late to …

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The Future of Perl (5)

The recent discussion that started with Ovid’s Perl 7 blog post has me thinking about the future of Perl, and Perl 5 in particular. We hear that Perl is dying on a regular basis, and while I take that with a grain of salt, the fact that so many non-Perl people seem to believe this is worrisome. If Perl is to have a future, it will need to attract new users. Perl 5, as it stands, has a lot of …

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Simple.com’s Password Strength Check

I’m creating a new account at Simple.com and it’s time for me to choose a password. I’m quite impressed with their password strength checker. First of all, the get big points for recommending a pass-phrase, not a pass-word. In their words: Passphrase? Yes. Passphrases are easier to remember and more secure than traditional passwords. For example, try a group of words with spaces in between, or a sentence you know you’ll remember. Correct horse battery staple is a better passphrase …

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