Jan 082015

Test::Simple, Test::More and Test::Builder are going to be upgraded, with some breaking changes.

Chad ‘Exodist’ Granum goes into details about what and why. It is important that the developer releases are tested by as many people as possible. If you have tests then it is very likely one of these modules will be in play somewhere, so please test the developer releases and send feedback.

Nov 212013

The Stratopan beta has launched. Head over to https://stratopan.com to create your free account. Do it before December 15 and you’ll get unlimited access for life.

Stratopan provides private CPAN repositories securely hosted in the cloud. Stratopan integrates seamlessly with the Perl tool chain, so you can build your application anywhere and get the right Perl modules, every time.

Apr 102013

Best Practical have announced an upgrade and new features for https://rt.cpan.org/.

https://rt.cpan.org/ is the issue tracking system available for every one of the 27,000+ open source distributions released through CPAN.

New features include:

  • Mobile support (also accessible from https://rt.cpan.org/m)
  • Preferred bug tracker information displayed prominently – if the module author wants to use a different tracker it is clearly displayed and linked to

See the announcement for the full list of improvements.

Mar 162013

PrePAN provides a place to discuss your modules.

It’s aim is to help with questions like…

  • Are there any similar modules?
  • I’m not confident about the implementation…
  • How can I distribute the module in keeping with CPAN’s conventions?
  • I want someone to review my module..

The PrePAN team recently made two announcements – PrePAN is now on AWS hosting, and they have also joined the MetaCPAN team.

MetaCPAN is an open source search engine for the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), an ever growing archive of code and documentation for the Perl programming language.

Nov 032011

https://metacpan.org/ is a year old today. The site and API have come a long way in just one year and offer a great way to search CPAN either through a browser or the API.

The API is already powering new features in Padre, the Perl IDE as well as an iPhone CPAN app – iCPAN and github meets CPAN website.

There have been a large number of contributors and an ever increase set of features.

Olaf looks back at a few of the more recent updates.

There are still a large number of issues and features which the project wants to add, and they are are always looking for more Volunteers.

Congratulations to all involved.

Apr 112011

CPAN Testers have confirmed that over 11 million CPAN test reports have now been processed.

CPAN Testers has been running since 1998 – hundreds of testers automatically test every module uploaded to CPAN, across dozens of platforms and releases of Perl.

Mar 252011

Syntax highlighting is now available on search.cpan.org (choose your preferred style from the drop down at the bottom of the page, this is remembered for future visits).

Read more in Mark’s Post

Mar 212011

Now that the master CPAN repository is hosted by Perl NOC, the first ring of mirrors can use a new “fast sync” rsync that allows any mirror to get updates within 30 seconds of a file changing in the main repository. To use this new fast sync, you need a username/password to connect to the rsync server on the master server. Send mail to cpan@perl.org to request credentials. Anyone mirroring from FUnet directly should make the switch.

The NOC crew detailed instructions for instant mirroring on the Github wiki.

Mar 202011

CPAN.org, which ran faithfully on FUNET since 1993, has had a long-awaited redesign since it moved its main mirror and website to Perl NOC. This is the start of a big a cleanup for the website on the primary CPAN repository to not only make it more visually appealing, but more useful to the Perl community. This moves gives the community much more control over the workings and relieves the long time CPAN Master Librarian, Jarkko Hietaniemi, a much deserved and long-accrued vacation.

If you’d like to participate, you can fork the cpanorg Github repository then send pull requests.