November 2007 Archives

A roadmap for Perl 6 and Parrot

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Patrick Michaud, bless him, has produced for Perl 6 and Parrot what it's needed for a long time: A roadmap for future development. (Note that the link points to the Subversion repository for Parrot, and may be moved over time.) It's well worth reading, especially if you're wondering what Parrot and Perl 6 are all about as far as implementation and development.

Key tech points for those not into reading so much:

  • Pugs is the Perl 6 on Haskell implementation being used to work out the language itself
  • The Pugs repository will be the home of the "official Perl 6 test suite" for now, and will be reorganized to make sure it reflects the current Perl 6 spec.
  • The Perl 6 compiler has four components
    1. the parsing grammar
    2. some parsing support subroutines
    3. the AST (Abstract Syntax Tree) transformation
    4. runtime support
  • Parrot 0.5.0 has a new object model that eliminates many obstacles in compiler work
  • Larry has written a standard grammar for Perl 6, and the compiler will be reworked to align with it
  • NQP is "Not Quite Perl 6", a lightweight version of Perl 6 for bootstrapping the language. Most of the Perl 6 compiler will be written in NQP.

Best of all, there's a big section called "How others can start hacking and contributing," with clear instructions for interested bystanders who want to jump in. Too often on projects I see current participants not realize that there may be a perceived barrier to entry for outsiders, and Patrick has done what he can to eliminate it.

I love love love it. Thank you, Patrick. I hope this article helps pick up some interest from those who have not yet joined.

Mechanix, the new Perlbuzz section

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When I asked if you wanted more technical articles in Perlbuzz, there were two answers: a resounding "Yes!" and a less resounding but no less emphatic "No!" The path was clear: More technical articles for the people that want them, and sequestered in their own section for those that don't.

We've now started the Mechanix column at http://perlbuzz.com/mechanix. The main Perlbuzz feed will continue to be mostly news & opinion about Perl in general, while articles relating to coding and programming specifically will wind up in Mechanix. I suspect that most of what winds up in Mechanix will be pointers to other technical articles, as with the current Mechanix articles, "80% Programmers" and Mark Dominus on undefined behavior. I also suspect that at some point that someone will complain that "This should have been in that section," but such is the nature of arrangements like these.

Please also note that Mechanix is specifically vague.* I picked the name because it evokes a sort of code jockey feel to it, without tying down to anything in particular. For example, an article I have in my "to be written" folder is about my foray into the PHP 5.3 source code and the horrors that I've found.

I hope you'll give Mechanix a try in your newsreader, and as always tell us what you think, either in comments on this entry, or emailing us at the "editors" mailbox for perlbuzz.com.

* I bet that the Ruby guys pick up on my idea but call it "Four Horsemen".

One step closer: Perl 5.10.0 RC2 is out

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Rafael has put out the second release candidate for Perl 5.10.0. Please download, build and test on your own specific machines and let's get Perl 5.10.0 out live.

Perl in the comics

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I think by now we've all seen the comic from xkcd.com that gives Perl its proper respect and place in the history of the universe.

Some comics are a little less respectful, but I'll cut the guy some slack because he wrote a text adventure version of Pac-Man.

Perl gratitude, 2007

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Here in the US, it's Thanksgiving, a day of eating lots of food, watching football, and sometimes, just sometimes, expressing gratitude and giving thanks for those things that make life wonderful.

Here are the things I'm grateful for in late 2007, in no particular order after the first.

Google Code

Google's project hosting service has been a godsend. It's changed the way I do open source projects. It has leapfrogged SourceForge for ease of maintenance, and the bug tracker trumps RT for CPAN that we've been using for so long. Add that to the integration with Google Groups which makes it trivial to create mailing lists, and it's at the tops of my list for 2007. I can't say enough good about it.

The readers of Perlbuzz

Eleven weeks ago, Skud and I started this little website called Perlbuzz as an alternative to the "more traditional outlets" for news in the Perl world. The response has been tremendous. We get 600 RSS readers every day, and have had over 10,000 unique visitors in that time. It makes me happy that our little venture is used and appreciated by the community.

Test::Harness 3.0

It's been over a year in the making, but the new version of the crucial Test::Harness 3.0 means more flexibility for module authors, and lots of UI improvements for people who just want to run prove and make test.

Mark Dominus

MJD is so much a fixture in Perl it's easy to forget that he's there. For 2007, though, never mind all the things he's done for Perl in the past, or the hours I've spent being enthralled in talks of his. His Universe Of Discourse blog is the single most intelligent blog out there, and sometimes it just happens to be about Perl.

Andy Armstrong

Was Andy Armstrong always around, or did I just not notice? His time and dedication spent on climbing on board with Ovid and Schwern and the rest of the Test::Harness 3.0 crew has been invaluable in getting it out. Plus, he's a really swell guy anyway.

Dave Hoover

When I finally despaired of the amount of time and frustration it took to organize content for Chicago.pm's Wheaton meetings, Dave Hoover stepped up and volunteered to take it over. I'm thankful, but not as much as I hope the other Chicago.pm folks are.

Perl::Critic

I'm all about having the machine keep an eye out for the stupid things we do, and the goodness of Perl::Critic is always impressive. You won't like everything Perl::Critic says about your code, but that's OK. It's an entire framework for enforcing good Perl coding practices.

The Perl Community in general

The Perl community is populated by some tremendous folks. Some names are more known than others, but these people help make daily Perl life better for me. In no particular order, I want to single out Pete Krawczyk, Kent Cowgill, Elliot Shank, Liz Cortell, Jason Crome, Yaakov Sloman, Michael Schwern, Andy Armstrong, Ricardo Signes, Julian Cash, Jim Thomason, chromatic, Chris Dolan, Adam Kennedy, Josh McAdams and of course Kirrily Robert. If you think you should be on this list, you're probably right, and I just forgot.

My wife, Amy Lester

Because even if she doesn't understand this part of my life, she at least understands its importance to me.


I'd love to hear back from any readers about what they're thankful for. I'm thinking about having a regular "Love Letters to Perl" column where people write about what they love in Perl.

Perl trumps Ruby and Erlang in the Wide Finder Project

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Tim Bunce points me to this post about Perl being faster than Ruby in Tim Bray's Wide Finder code competition.

The Wide Finder is at heart an Apache log analysis tool to show commonly hit pages, but for purposes of this comparison, it's analyzing 971MB. Bray explains:

It’s a classic example of the culture, born in Awk, perfected in Perl, of getting useful work done by combining regular expressions and hash tables. I want to figure out how to write an equivalent program that runs fast on modern CPUs with low clock rates but many cores; this is the Wide Finder project.

All the talk about Erlang and parallelism makes me want to get back to working through my copy of Programming Erlang. Oh tuits, come to me!

Who's doing Perl Survey analysis?

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Is anyone doing Perl Survey analysis? Greg McCarroll tried to get some data nuggets out of the results, but didn't find any exciting truthiness yet.

For those of you, like me, who wanted to play with the data set in Perl, rather than in a SQL database, I created the module Data::PerlSurvey2007, but have yet to scrape up the tuits to play with it. I hope someone can find it useful.

Then again, that only 6% of respondents are using Perl 5.5 has already given Schwern the kick in the butt to drop support for it in his modules...

Perl 5.10.0 RC1 is now available

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Rafaël Garcia-Suarez has put out the first release candidate for Perl 5.10.0. This will be the first new release of a production version of Perl in over 2½ years, so well worth taking a look at.

Again, for an introduction to the features in Perl 5.10's new features, see Ricardo Signes' slides for his talk Perl 5.10 For People Who Aren't Totally Insane.

Schwern has killed off Perl 5.5, and I thank him

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I applaud Michael Schwern's announcement today that he will no longer be supporting Perl 5.5 in any of his modules. Toolchain modules like Test::More and ExtUtils::MakeMaker will be compatible with Perl 5.6.0, and others with 5.8.0. As Schwern puts it, "5.5 is effectively end-of-lifed." And not a moment too soon, I believe. Perl 5.6.0 came out seven years ago, and 5.8.0 five.

Schwern's breaking point was seeing the Perl Survey results that only 6% of respondents use Perl 5.5. Most of all, he points out:

Finally, I'm coming around to chromatic's philosophy: why are we worried about the effect of upgrades on users who don't upgrade? Alan Burlson's comments about Solaris vs Linux are telling: if you're worried more about supporting your existing users then finding new ones, you're dead.

I applaud Schwern's radical break from the past. No longer will he be "hamstrung from using 'new' features of Perl," as he puts it. This will allow him the freedom to do more great things as I fully expect he will.

Most of all, I'm glad that he just did it. No committee, no call for consensus, no poll of people to see what everyone thought. JFDI, baby, JFDI.

Who among us will be the first to write a module that takes advantage of Perl 5.10's new features, urging us all forward, instead of mired in the mud of the past? I can't wait to see it happen.

Installing a module? Do you feel lucky?

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David Cantrell has come up with his CPAN dependencies and test results checker. It checks out all the dependencies for a distribution, and displays the installation results for each of the dependencies, as as reported by the CPAN testers. It's interesting to see the visual representation of all the modules' test histories, but the idea of multiplying all the "probabilities" of installation is specious.

Gerard Goossen talks about Kurila, a Perl 5 fork

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A few days ago Gerard Goossen released version 1.5 of his kurila project to the CPAN, a fork of Perl 5, both the language and the implementation. I talked with about the history of this new direction.


Andy: Why Kurila? Who would want to use it? What are your goals?

Gerard: Kurila is a fork of Perl 5. Perl Kurila is a dialect of Perl. Kurila is currently unstable, the language is continuously changing, and has just started.

There are a few goals, not all of them going in the same direction. One of the goals is to simplify the Perl internals to make hacking on it easier. Another is to make the Perl syntax more consistent, remove some of the oddities, most of them historical legacy.

What is currently being done is removing some of the more object/error-prone syntax like indirect-object-syntax and removing symbol references. Both of these are not yet very radical yet, most modern Perl doesn't use indirect-object-syntax or symbol references.

But I am now at the stage of doing more radical changes, like not doing the sigil-change, so that my %foo; $foo{bar} would become my %foo; %foo{bar} .

Andy: Where do you see Kurila getting used? Who's the target audience for it?

Gerard: Kurila would be used for anything where currently Perl is being used. I am using Perl for large websites so changes will be favored in that direction.

I am working for TTY Internet Solutions, a web development company. We develop and maintain websites in Perl, Ruby and Java. Websites we develop include www.2dehands.be, www.sellaband.com, www.ingcard.nl and www.nationalevacaturebank.nl. Of these www.2dehands.be and www.nationalevacaturebank.nl are entirely written in Perl.

We are not yet using kurila in production, but I have a testing environment of www.2dehands.nl which is running on Kurila. Developing Kurila is part of my work at TTY.

Many of the changes in Kurila are inspired by bugs/mistakes we made developing these sites. It started with the UTF8 flag. We encountered many problems making our websites UTF-8 compatible. In many cases the UTF8-flag got "lost" somewhere, and after combining it with another string, the string got internally upgraded and our good UTF-8 destroyed. Because everything we have is default UTF-8. The idea was simply to make UTF-8 the default encoding, instead of the current default of latin1.

Andy: Did you raise the possibility of changing the default encoding in Perl?

Gerard: The problem is that changing the default encoding the UTF-8 is that is destroys the identity between bytes and codepoints. So it's not a possibility for Perl 5. Like what does chr(255) do? Does it create a byte with value 255 or character with codepoint 255?

I made a patch removing the UTF-8 flag and changing the default encoding to UTF-8 and sent it to p5p.

Andy: What was the response?

Gerard: There was as good as no response to it, I guess because it was obvious that it seriously broke backwards compatibility and the patch was quite big, making it difficult to understand.

About two weeks after the utf8 patch, I announced that I wanted to change the current Perl 5 development to make it a language which evolves to experiment with new ideas, try new syntax and not be held back by old failed experiments. One of the interesting things about Perl is that it has a lot of different ideas and these are coupled to the syntax.

There was of course the question of why not Perl 6.  That it should/could be done in backwards-compatible way. That there is no way of making the Perl internals clean, that is better to start over.

And about half a year ago I announced that I had started Kurila, my proof of-concent for the development of Perl 7. Rewriting some software from scratch is much more difficult then it seems, and I think starting with a well proven good working base is much easier. Perl 5 is there, it is working very good, has few bugs, etc., but it can be much better if you don't have to worry about possibly breaking someone code, and just fix those oddities.

Andy: Do you have a website for it?  Are you looking for help?

Gerard: There isn't a website yet, and also no specific mailing list, currently all the discussion is on p5p. There is a public git repository at git://dev.tty.nl/perl.

Andy: What can someone do if he/she is interested in helping?

Gerard: Contact me at gerard at tty dot nl. Make a clone of git://dev.tty.nl/perl and start making changes.

Do you want technical articles in Perlbuzz?

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I just posted an article on Perlbuzz about speeding up DBI programs by binding variables. It's full of code, and has no news content. It says nothing about conferences or the Perl Foundation or any projects that people are working on, but I think it's useful information that the Perlbuzz readers would like to know.

Is this sort of article interesting to you? Would you like to see more "tech tip" sort of postings? Or do you get your code-heavy info from Perlmonks or some other site?

And, if we post more technical items on Perlbuzz, should they be posted in the main "news & opinion" Perlbuzz blog, or should we create another channel to keep the tech stuff separate?

We welcome your feedback, either as comments on this article, or emailed to editors at perlbuzz.

Bind output variables in DBI for speed and safety

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When in a tight loop of many records from a database, using the quick & dirty solution of calling $sth->fetchrow_hashref can be expensive. I was working on a project to walk through 6,000,000 records and it was slower than I wanted. Some benchmarking showed me that I was paying dearly for the convenience of being able to say my $title = $row->{title};.

When I converted my code to bind variables to the columns in the statement handle, I cut my run time about 80%. It was as simple as adding this line:

    $sth->bind_columns( \my $interestlevel,
        \my $av_flag, \my $isbn, \my $title );

before calling the main loop through the database. Now DBI knows to put the data directly in there, without creating an expensive temporary hash. I also can't make a typo such as $row->{ISBN} inside the loop, so there's a measure of safety as well.

The benchmarks below show the relative speeds of each of four techniques:

hashref     took 31.5048 wallclock secs
array       took 8.83724 wallclock secs
arrayref    took 5.5308 wallclock secs
direct_bind took 4.46956 wallclock secs

Here's the key parts of the benchmark program I used:

use Benchmark ':hireswallclock';
sub hashref {
    while ( my $row = $sth->fetchrow_hashref ) {
        my $interestlevel = $row->{interestlevel};
        my $av_flag = $row->{av_flag};
        my $isbn = $row->{isbn};
        my $title = $row->{title};
    }
    $sth->finish;
}

sub array {
    while ( my @row = $sth->fetchrow_array ) {
        my ($interestlevel, $av_flag, $isbn, $title) = @row;
    }
    $sth->finish;
}

sub arrayref {
    while ( my $row = $sth->fetchrow_arrayref ) {
        my $interestlevel = $row->[0];
        my $av_flag = $row->[1];
        my $isbn = $row->[2];
        my $title = $row->[3];
    }
    $sth->finish;
}

sub direct_bind {
    $sth->bind_columns( \my $interestlevel, 
        \my $av_flag, \my $isbn, \my $title );
    while ( my $row = $sth->fetch ) {
        # no need to copy
    }
    $sth->finish;
}

for my $func ( qw( hashref array arrayref direct_bind ) ) {
    my $sql = <<"EOF";
    select interestlevel, av_flag, isbn, title
    from testbook
    limit 1000000
EOF
    # This sub calls the SQL and returns a statement handle
    $sth = sqldo_handle( $sql );
    my $t = timeit( 1, "$func()" );
    print "$func took ", timestr($t), "\n";
}

Did you find this article useful? Or does it not belong on Perlbuzz? Let us know what you think.

Frozen Perl 2008 schedule announced

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The schedule for Frozen Perl 2008 in Minneapolis has been announced. Seventeen sessions (yours truly will be there giving a talk on managing technical debt) split between two rooms, plus lightning talks, guarantee a day full of Perl goodness for all who brave the chill of Minnesota in February. Sign up now if you haven't already. Registration is only $10 for students, and $20 for non-students. A bargain at twice the cost (which it will be after January 12).

Perl 5.10's first release candidate coming soon

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The first release candidate of Perl 5.10, with the first new syntax and major features since 2002, will be released soon, probably in the next week or two. The code has been in feature freeze for weeks, and only minor patches are being accepted. Lately the VMS porters have been working on compatibility problems with File::Spec and File::Patch, and Jos Boumans and Ken Williams are syncing core CPAN modules with the Perl source trunk.

For a gentle and well-presented introduction to the features in Perl 5.10, see Ricardo Signes' slides for his talk Perl 5.10 For People Who Aren't Totally Insane.

Please note that Perl 5.10 is not Ponie. Ponie was the project that was to put Perl 5.10 on top of the Parrot virtual machine, but Ponie has been put out to pasture.

Perl Survey results released

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It's been a while, because I had all kinds of overblown expectations of being able to offer the results in a range of formats, but I have to admit that a month in a developing country with only intermittent satellite internet has bested me.

Therefore, I've decided to release the results of the Perl Survey in PDF format for now, with the HTML version to follow as time permits.

Some points of interest:

  • 4% of the Perl community are women
  • Average salary for Perl programmers worldwide is $68,687 (USD equivalent)
  • 87% of Perl people are using 5.8.X at least some of the time; that means that 13% are still on 5.6.X or lower
  • 33% of respondents are members of their a Perl Mongers group
  • However, 27% of respondents don't participate in the Perl community at all (or at least not in any way that we asked about)

Find out all about this, and more, at the link above.

Also, the entire data set for the survey has been released under a Creative Commons license, and I'd like to encourage everyone to download it and play with it. A number of people have already contributed their own analyses of certain parts of the data.

I'd like to thank everyone involved for their help, and I hope that this information will be of use to the Perl community going forward.

Perl Foundation and Mozilla Foundation team up for Perl 6 grant

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Richard Dice has announced that the Perl Foundation and Mozilla Foundation have joined to give Patrick Michaud a development grant to work on Perl 6 for four months. Patrick is already the Perl 6 compiler pumpking.

The goals are impressive:

  • Have a Perl 6 on Parrot implementation that supports commonly-used Perl 6 constructs;
  • Improvements to the Perl 6 test suite;
  • Substantially complete the Parrot Compiler Toolkit, including documentation;
  • Increased community participation in Perl 6 and Parrot development, including development efforts on other languages using Parrot and the Parrot Compiler Toolkit.

I'd like to thank TPF and Mozilla Foundation for doing this. I think this will be quite a boost in Perl 6 development, and it will be visible to everyone. When much of the Perl community, including Yours Truly, has doubts about Perl 6 ever seeing the light of day, this is exactly what is needed.

London Perl Workshop on December 1, 2007

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The London Perl Mongers have announced the free one-day London Perl Workshop on Saturday, December 1st, 2007 at Westminster University's New Cavendish Campus

This year they'll be encouraging people from other languages to participate to encourage sharing of ideas and to give Perl more ideas to steal. Popular demand also means there will be many lightning talks.

Sign up now for the announcements list. If you would like to come then please log in and register, if you have attended a European Perl event recently you will probably already have a login; otherwise you will need to create a new user first.

Perl Workshop in Israel set for December 31, 2007

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Shlomi Fish writes in to announce Perl Workshop in Israel on December 31st, 2007. It is going to be a one day workshop with either one or two rooms. There will be talks, and plans are underway for a job fair during the day. "We'll also allocate time for BOFs and project showcases and we would be glad to receive ideas for other things to do," he adds.

The conference is managed using Act, the tool used by the YAPCs and the various Perl Workshops throughout Europe and the US. Registration for the site is free and it is not a commitment in itself, so you can sign up even if you're not sure you can get your company to pay for it.

Perl has supported threading for years

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A recent column in Software Development Times lamented the lack of support for threading in software today. In it, Andrew Binstock says:

Dynamic languages are even further behind. To wit, Python, allows only one thread to run at a time (except for I/O); this means you can have threads but not running in parallel. Ruby can run threads only within the one VM, which is arguably better but nowhere near good enough. And OpenMP, which might be a solution for some, is limited to C++ or Fortran.

Unfortunately, Binstock ignores the dynamic language that should be first on his mind, Perl. Perl's threading got stable back with Perl 5.8.7 in 2005, after a few years of experimental support. Today, Mac OS X and most Linux distributions ship with a threaded Perl enabled.

How can you tell if your Perl supports threads? Look at the output of perl -V for the string "useithreads":

$ perl -V | grep ithreads
    config_args='-ds -e -Dprefix=/usr -Dccflags=-g  -pipe  -Dldflags=-Dman3ext=3pm -Duseithreads -Duseshrplib'
    usethreads=define use5005threads=undef useithreads=define usemultiplicity=define

While I agree with the basic premise that demand for threaded apps on the desktop is low, the tools for supporting threads are not quite as sparse as Binstock would have us think.

P.S. O'Reilly & Associates is now O'Reilly Media, and has been since April 2004.

Andy Armstrong talks about the road to Test::Harness 3.00

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Test::Harness 3.00 has finally been released, and it's a huge opportunity for anyone who writes tests with Perl, if only for the ability to run prove -j and run tests in parallel. I took a few minutes as the maintainer of the old 2.xx series to interview Andy Armstrong, the new maintainer of 3.x, about the history of the new Test::Harness, and what it took to get here.

Andy Lester: So, Andy Armstrong, a joyous day has come: Test::Harness 3.00 has been released.

Andy Armstrong: Yes. I was relieved.

Andy Lester: What has it taken to get to this point?

Andy Armstrong: I think we had a fair bit of paranoia about breaking the toolchain for everyone, and thus becoming extraordinarily unpopular. That made us cautious. We spent a lot of time building our own smoke testing setup. And running lots of people's tests against our code.

Andy Lester: Who is the "we" in this? Back in June of 2006, Schwern and I started the kick off to Test::Harness 3.00 at YAPC::NA in Chicago. What's happened since then?

Andy Armstrong: Ovid got the code started and had just about everything in place by April 2007. Around then I volunteered to look at a Windows problem. And I sort of got dragged in. I really liked the code Ovid had written and enjoyed working on it - so that was an attraction. The Windows problem took a few minutes - but I'm still here.

Andy Lester: You've done a lot more than being dragged in. You hosted the Subversion repository, and the mailing list. What else?

Andy Armstrong: My monopolist plan laid bare for all to see... I have a server which is nominally so I can do things like that - so then I have to do them to justify its existence. So I'm hosting the perl-qa wiki, the TAP wiki. Just sites that needed a home. Like an orphanage :)

Andy Lester: You've uploaded T::H 3. Are you now the maintainer? I thought Ovid was going to be the maintainer of T::H3. (I ask both for the benefit of the Perlbuzz readers, and for my own knowledge:-))

Andy Armstrong: I think I made a move on Ovid somewhere back there and he didn't struggle. So now I'm it. I honestly can't remember how that happened.

Andy Lester: Glad to have two Andys maintaining different versions of the same module. :-) So why does someone want to upgrade to Test::Harness 3? What's in it for the average Perl user?

Andy Armstrong: If you do nothing else - just install it - you'll get better looking test reports. Color even :) And when people start writing test suites that use TAP version 13 features you'll get even more informative reports as an indirect result of T::H 3.00.

Andy Lester: And it's completely compatible?

Andy Armstrong: It's very slightly more fussy about completely crazy syntax errors. But generally yes, compatible - foibles and all. That's syntax errors in TAP (Test Anything Protocol) - just for folk who don't know what's going on behind the scenes.

Andy Lester: So what's in the future for Test::Harness and prove, its command-line interface?

Andy Armstrong: Well we're just talking about TSP (Test Steering Protocol) on the perl-qa list. And we need to do something interesting with the YAML diagnostic syntax we have now. I've written a module for TextMate that uses that so that the cursor jumps to the right line in the test program when you click on the diagnostic.

Andy Lester: What's the benefit of TSP? How would a tester use that?

It would give a test suite more active control over its own execution. Particularly in the case of things like user interface toolkits or modules that are highly platform or configuration dependent you may have large number of tests you'd like to skip conditionally. So TSP would be a convenient way to have a single controller program that would decide which other parts of the test suite to execute. And then you'd probably grow on that to expose more control over which tests to run via prove or whatever UI you'd be using.

Andy Lester: So a more advanced version of SKIP blocks, and you wouldn't have to figure out what tests to run when you ran Makefile.PL or Build.PL.

Andy Armstrong: Yes. And an area where people are likely to find new applications too.

Andy Lester: Anything else people should know?

Andy Armstrong: That there's still plenty more to do with T::H and testing in general. And that I'm surprisingly cheap :) I also want to thank people who have worked on Test::Harness 3, in alphabetical order: Sebastien Aperghis-Tramoni, Shlomi Fish, David Golden, Jim Keenan, Andy Lester, Michael Peters, Curtis "Ovid" Poe, Michael Schwern, Gabor Szabo and Eric Wilhelm. All helped immensely - even you :)

Andy Lester: Well, I do want to thank all of you for doing this massive overhaul of Test::Harness. Abandoning the existing code and starting from scratch has given T::H a new lease on life, and a new platform to move forward.

Perl Foundation calls for grant proposals

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Newly elected Perl Foundation grant committee chair Alberto Simões has put out a call for grant proposals. The process goes like this: You propose a project you want to do, and how much TPF should pay you for it; you get the proposal approved; you do the project and TPF gives you money. What more could you want?

If you've ever had an itch you wanted to scratch with Perl, a module you wanted to write, or a site you wanted to create, but could never find the time, maybe some dollars from TPF can help give you the kick in the pants to go forward with it. I urge everyone to consider taking advantage of this key service of the Perl Foundation.

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