I've just released Text::Markdown::PerlExtensions to CPAN. This is a subclass of Text::Markdown that provides extensions for referring to Perl things using a pod-style syntax. I wrote it to use in bs, my blogging engine. At the moment it has formatting codes for referring to CPAN modules and authors.Read more ...
While creating the CPAN Report I decided to try and create the plots with as many different CPAN distributions as possible. This turned out to be very frustrating, and in the end I only used two packages.Read more ...
I think there are times when a distribution should be removed from CPAN entirely. If a distribution doesn't appear to be used, and there are other dists providing the same functionality which are being used, then I think we can consider removing it from CPAN. In this post I'll describe why it's good for CPAN if appropriate distributions are removed, how to decide what distributions should be removed, and suggest a process for distribution removal.Read more ...
I had a patch accepted which adds an
This was my first attempt at modifying a core module.
This post describes the function, why I wanted it, and my experience
adding it to a core module. And then fixing the bug I introduced!
While playing with Module::CoreList I realised that the history of Perl releases is not a straight line, but a tree or graph. So I immediately wanted to draw it, and here it is.Read more ...
I recently released a new version of my PAUSE::Packages module, which caches information about releases on CPAN and makes it easy to iterate over it. In this post I'll cover the motivation for this module, why I decided to transform the existing PAUSE export file, and how David Golden nudged me to use JSON.Read more ...
Until today I had thought of Perl 6 as the successor to Perl 5 that hadn't turned up. That the problem was mainly that it hadn't had a production-ready release yet, and there was no drive for one. But after watching a video of a Larry Wall talk, I realised that Perl 6 isn't the next version of Perl, it's a whole new language, inspired by Perl 5, amongst other things. Calling it Perl anything is not only a disservice to Perl 5, I think it's a disservice to Perl 6.Read more ...
When creating a CPAN distribution, all the modules should come under a single
namespace. If your
Foo-Bar distribution has a lead module
then in almost all cases,
all other modules in your distribution should be in the
In this post I'll explain why.