I suspect I’m not the only person who does this. I start writing an email because I’m angry/annoyed/outraged/indignant. I write the whole thing. I sign it. I look at it. Then I discard it. There’s something therapeutic about this. I get all of the benefits of venting without actually escalating a conflict. I wonder if there’s a market for an email client app or plugin that helps with this? “While you wrote this email your writing speed was 20% faster than your standard writing speed.
You can find them here: Intro to Moose class A Date with Perl Stepford, a Thing Sort of Like Make
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 => 2 to the Runner class and get parallel testing These changes are (obviously) backwards incompatible so Ovid and I would love to get your feedback on these changes before enshrining them in a stable release.
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 begins.
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.
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.
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.
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 suite.
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 sign up.
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.