The Grants Committee is accepting grant proposals all the time. We evaluate them every two months and another evaluation period has come.

If you have an idea for doing some Perl work that will benefit the Perl community, consider sending a grant application. The application deadline for this round is 23:59 March 15th UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback and conclude the acceptance by March 30th.

To apply, please read How to Write a Proposal. Rules of Operation will also help you understand how the grant process works. For those who are familiar with the process, the format will be the same as the previous rounds in 2014-2015.

We will confirm the receipt of application within 24 hours.

If you have further questions, please comment here. If your comment does not show up here within 24 hours, the chances are that the spam filter did something bad. Get in touch with me at tpf-grants-secretary at perl-foundation.org.

YAPC::NA::2015 Hackathons Announced

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The Perl Foundation is excited to announce three hackathons that will be running sequentially with YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City this June. These events include a Perl 6 hackathon with Perl creator Larry Wall to be held on June 11th.

The cost to attend these three hackathons is included in all YAPC::NA 2015 passes, but we do encourage you to RSVP online so we know how many to expect. Putting on these events is not cheap! Along with being able to attend each hackathon, we will also be providing rooms, wi-fi, and snacks throughout the day. So we would appreciate your help! To help cover these costs, we have a suggested donation of $50 per day, which you can make during your online registration.

Each hackathon listed will run from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. We will provide snacks and drinks, but you will be on your own for lunch.

This year's hackathons will be:

Sunday, June 7th 2015: Pull request hackathon

Come join your fellow Perl developers for a day of bug squashing and developing as you participate in the 2015 CPAN Pull Request Challenge. Or, bring your own pet project and just enjoy a day of hacking amongst your like-minded peers.

Thursday, June 11th 2015: Perl 6 hackathon with Larry Wall

Come spend an entire day working on the next generation of Perl. There's no better way to learn it than to do it! Perl creator, Larry Wall will be on hand throughout the day.

Friday, June 12th 2015: Hardware hackathon

Get up to your armpits in Arduino! Bring your own toys or come check out some of ours. It's time to get creative and see what you can make.

We look forward to seeing you! Please take a moment to register on the YAPC site: http://www.yapcna.org/yn2015/purchase

I am pleased to announce that Ricardo Signes' recent grant application to cover the costs of his travel to the QA Hackathon has been successful. I would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on this grant.

The grant was awarded from our Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund. If you wish to contribute to this fund please go to our donation system or contact karen [a] perlfoundation.org

The QA Hackathon is a free of charge coding workshop for people involved in Quality Assurance, testing, packaging, CPAN, and other quality assurance projects. It is taking place in Berlin, Germany, from the 16th to the 19th April.

Dave Mitchell writes:

At the start of the month I continued work on making the stderr of builds less noisy, and for blead to build, test, and be stderr-clean under ASan -fsanitize=undefined.

At the end of this work I raised around 26 RT and github tickets with fixes for cpan/ distributions; currently around 9 of these have been merged back into blead and a further 4 have been merged upstream but not yet released.

For the rest of the month I spent a bit of time on a few RT tickets and tried to keep with my p5p mailbox.

Summary

2:52 [Win32] Unable to build 64-bit 5.21.7
1:50 [perl #123469] Bug in split function, with utf8 strings
3:30 [perl #123609] Unexpected warning compiling array subscript
2:00 [perl #123685] Question regarding the '#!' argument passing.
13:30 process p5p mailbox
6:08 reduce amount of stderr stuff in build/test
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29:50 Total (HH::MM)

As of 2015/01/31: since the beginning of the grant:

68.0 weeks
913.1 total hours
13.4 average hours per week

There are 287 hours left on the grant

Call for Master Classes

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Are you an experienced Perl instructor who would like to offer a
course at YAPC:NA this year in Salt Lake City? We want to offer the
Perl community a selection of courses and tutorials before and after
the conference.

Master Classes can be a half day (3 hours), full day (6 hours) or 2
days in length and will run on Sunday 7th, Thursday 11th, and Friday
12th of June.

To submit your proposal please send the following information to
[email protected]

  • Class Title
  • Names of Speakers
  • Speaker Biography
  • Abstract
  • Class Description, including
    the course's length
    the intended audience
    any prerequisites or expected level of knowledge
    any supplies you will be providing to students
    any supplies you expect students to bring
    a short course outline
    maximum class size
  • The dates on which you would be willing to give your course (June 7th, 11th, 12th)
  • A list of requirements for the venue (A/V, Internet, etc.)
  • Cost of the Class

Please bear in mind that it is our goal to keep the cost of these
classes down for students as this is a low cost conference.

We have received the following Perl 5 grant application from Ricardo Signes.

Before we vote on this proposal we would like to have a period of community consultation that will last seven days. Please leave feedback in the comments or if you prefer send email with your comments to karen at perlfoundation.org.

Name: Ricardo Signes

Project Title: Perl QA Hackathon 2015

Amount Requested: $1200

Synopsis

This grant will be used to pay for travel for Ricardo Signes to and from the Perl QA Hackathon held in Berlin in Q1 2015.

Benefits to Perl 5

I have attended six of the seven Perl QA Hackathons (Oslo, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Paris, Lancaster, and Lyon) and have, at each of them, been able to contribute several solid work days of very productive work to the infrastructure behind the CPAN and related tools. Specifically, I was one of the chief implementors of the new CPAN Testers platform (Metabase) and built the Fake CPAN system for testing CPAN tools, and several reusable software libraries that are used to power both Metabase and Fake CPAN. In 2012, I worked on refactoring PAUSE, adding tests and improving maintainability. PAUSE, the system which processes contributor uploads to the CPAN, manages CPAN contributor identity, and builds the CPAN indexes used by CPAN clients to locate libraries for installation.

In previous years, I also spent a significant amount of time working with other attendees on their contributions, and plan to do the same this year. This is one of the several reasons that attendance in person is incomparably superior to "virtual attendance."

Deliverable Elements

The QA Hackathon does not have a set agenda, so promising specific work product
from it up front seems unwise. I have detailed, above, the sort of work that I am almost certain to do, however. Further, I will provide a public, written report of my activities at the Hackathon.

I hope, in particular, to work on the web code of PAUSE and to discuss mechanisms for improving collaborative code review within the community of toolchain maintainers.

The hackathon takes place over the course of four days, with eight to ten hour workdays. I'll probably also be working on the travel and in the evenings.

Any software that I produce will be released under the Perl 5 standard license terms, or possibly even less restrictive terms.

Applicant Biography

I have been building software in Perl professionally for about fifteen years. I am a frequent contributor of original software to the CPAN and a frequent contributor to, or maintainer of, other popular CPAN libraries. I am also a contributor to the core Perl 5 project, and its current project lead.

I have been the recipient of TPF grants five times before, all of which were successful.

Tony Cook writes:

Approximately 36 tickets were reviewed, and 5 patches were applied.

I spent some time this month working on getting minitest working on Win32.

In 2004 the Win32 makefiles were changed to use harness instead of TEST for minitest, presumably at some time after that Test::Harness was changed to load IO unconditionally, breaking minitest on Win32.

So I switched minitest back to using TEST and then worked through the failing tests to resolve their failures. See [perl #123394] for details.

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