My latest project to-do list

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After I posted this this first time, I thought of a bunch of other things I have to do post-OSCON, and I've had to modify items from the first list.

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. Plus, Parrot needs dependency building on the C files.
  • 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.
  • Play with R
    • I got a book on R from REvolution Computing that seems like a good introduction. Then I ran into Paul Huff at SJC and he gave me a crash course in graphing my book sales and Amazon ranking. Maybe I'll do some statistical coolness at work.
  • Play with NY Times' open APIs
    • Speaking of coolness at work, I've got some ideas on how to use the open API data for the NYT's best seller lists at my day job.
  • Text::Textile needs a CLI tool
    • My slides for Just Enough C are in Textile, and Brad Choate reminded me that we wanted to do a textile command-line tool in the package as a front-end to the module.
  • Anti-spam and Drupal updates for
    • is running straight Drupal, and we get a bunch of spam every so often. I meant to talk some Drupal folks out in SJC, but never did.

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

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