I think it would be helpful to establish (more of) a convention for recording your todo list for a distribution with the distribution itself. Some dists already have a TODO file. I can't find any proposed conventions for this (eg in Perl Best Practices), so how about we say it's markdown, call it TODO.md, and get MetaCPAN to present it on a distribution's home page, like it does for the Changes in the most recent release?

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Email me to sign up for the 2015 CPAN pull request challenge! Each month I'll assign you a CPAN distribution, randomly selected. You'll have a month to submit a pull request.

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Last night I released the first version of App::todoist, which provides a todoist script. This is a simple command-line interface to todoist.com, an online todo list service. About 11pm I realised I had an hour to get something released to CPAN, or I'd break my weekly release chain.

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I went to the London Perl Workshop today. Lots of good talks and also a chance to catch up with friends. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers (and speakers!) who helped make it such a worthwhile day. This is my short report.

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The Hacker News API

APIs Thu 9 October 2014

I've released a first lash-up of WebService::HackerNews, an interface to the Hacker News API, which was announced earlier this week. OALDERS asked who was going to write a Perl wrapper, and by this evening no-one had.

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After writing my review of modules that can load other modules, I ended up using Mojo::Loader a number of times. Not everyone is keen to require the installation of Mojolicious just to use one module, and the Mojolicious project didn't want to spin out Mojo::Loader (fair enough), so I've created Module::Loader.

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I attended my first ever Perl Mongers meeting this evening, a Thames Valley PM (TVPM) tech talks session, and presented a rough first draft of a talk I've submitted to the London Perl Workshop. We had two lightning talks then random Perl chitchat at the pub.

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Prompted by RIBASUSHI's blog post, several discussions, github issue threads, and a long IRC chat with MITHALDU (pro tip: don't get him started! :-), I've been thinking about Perl community. I realised that one of the things I was reacting to was the suggestion that for Perl, "IRC == community". So, what is "the perl community"?

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CPAN is awesome - it's "the killer feature for Perl". And you know who we've got to thank for that? Us! CPAN is a rambling random hodge-podge of code; dozens of duplicates; variable quality of code, documentation, test coverage and run-time performance. And d'you know who's to blame? Us!

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In looking at exporter modules, I've also done a bit of thinking about private functions. A comment from DAGOLDEN on my function exporter post prompted me to try and enumerate the different ways you can do private functions in Perl 5.

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