GitHub topics

github Tue 7 February 2017

At the end of January, GitHub announced topics, which are basically a way to tag your repositories with keywords. You can constrain a search to repos that have specific keywords.

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One third of CPAN distributions (33.1%) have a github repository, but which distributions are they, and are distributions more likely to have a repo if they're further up the CPAN River? This is a quick post to record the stats for future comparison.

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A bit later than usual, this is a quick look at the number of CPAN pull requests that were done in May 2015. A noticeable drop from previous months, but still more than in any month before 2015. Just.

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This is the usual quick look at the number of CPAN pull requests that were done in April 2015. Ever-so slightly more than in March (650 vs 643), so the second-best month ever.

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This is a collection of suggestions for how to increase the likelihood of a random pull request (PR) being merged. This particularly applies to the CPAN Pull Request Challenge, where you're trying to come up with a PR on a randomly assigned CPAN distribution. These ideas come from feedback I've had from people on the receiving end of random PRs, and discussions with experienced CPAN authors.

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There are quite a few CPAN dists on github that don't have the repo listed in the metadata. This post shows how to fix that for a dist that uses Module::Install. I hit various problems, so I'm writing down these notes for next time, and so that people can correct anything I got wrong.

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This is a quick look at the number of CPAN pull requests that were done in March. Ever-so slightly more than in February, but there were 3 more days.

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I've been asked a few times why the PR challenge only supports github, and not other repo sites. There are two main reasons: (1) it's by far the most popular, and (2) I have various scripts which use the GitHub API, and I'm too lazy to look into dealing with the other sites. Here are the stats to back up the first point.

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This is a quick look at the number of CPAN pull requests that were done in February. Not as many as January, but our second-highest month ever. And comparing against previous Februarys, looking pretty good.

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I get quite a few emails each week from participants in the pull request challenge 'complaining' that their assigned dist doesn't have bugs to fix. If you've got a dist with outstanding bugs, and it's not on github, adding it to github can increase the likelihood of at least some of those bugs getting fixed. Here I list the top 20 dists not on github, according to bug count.

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