My to-do list always grows post-OSCON


Every year at OSCON I come home with a head full of ideas, and better yet, a huge list of new things to work on. Since the book is now done, and OSCON is now over, there's a chance I could work on them.

  • Ack plug-ins
    • I've been wanting to have plug-ins for ack for at least a year now, and I've connected with a number of people like Randy J. Ray who are on board to help me out. First task: Move it on over to github.
  • Coverity scans for Parrot
    • Met with David Maxwell of Coverity and he fired up the Coverity bot for Parrot, and now I have new niggling bugs to pick at.
  • PR work for first big release of Rakudo
    • There will be the first major release of Rakudo in spring 2010, and I got some plans going with Patrick Michaud to figure how we were going to build up buzz for that. I also have the notes from Damian's Perl 6 talk which are a fantastic summary of Perl 6's cool new features.
  • Human Creativity
    • Julian Cash has been having Jos Boumans do all his Perl work for the Human Creativity project, but I offered up my services to do whatever he wants. Turns out the Julian is also working with Devin Crain, who I've known for years in an entirely non-geeek context.
  • Hiring horror stories
    • Got some great response to my talk on job interviewing, and as always the stories resound the most. I talked to a few people afterwards who said they'd give me some horror stories I can run on The Working Geek as instructive examples of how not to do things, and why they're so awful.

For those of you leaving OSCON, what tasks did you just assign yourself in the past week?


Well, someone managed to rope me into this thing he calls "ack"...

Besides that, Larry's talk about timely and useful error reporting was a lot of thought-food. And I plan to start playing with the Parrot Compiler Tools first chance I get.

Hi Andy!

First of all, thanks for all your hard work. I hope your book is successful and you rip the benefits from your other endeavours.

In any case, what are your plans for Module-Starter? Development on it has mostly stagnated. I have contributed some stuff to it, but one of my patches have been pending approval for a long time. I tried to use Mercurial to be able to produce better patches, but the unusal history of the repository confused it. bzr is also an option, but it is very slow here, and git used to confuse me (though I've started getting along with it lately pretty well).

In any case, I have great plans for Module-Starter and while I have many other FOSS-related endeavours, I'd like to work on improving it, but I'd like some cooperation from you.

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