May 2010 Archives

Just a reminder about the Yet Another Perl Conference, North America Call For Venue...

Entries can be submitted now through June 1st 2010 to the TPF conferences group: tpf-conferences (at) perl (dot) org. We hope to announce the winners at this year's YAPC::NA in Columbus, Ohio.

Are you ready to get started? First off, you will want to review the bidding details at While there, you'll also find links to the venue requirements and the review criteria that the committee uses to judge bids. Previous bids and announcements can be found with the yapc tag at The Perl Foundation blog.

When making your proposal, in addition to venue information and possible dates, please make sure to include details on airport locations, local public transit (as well as transit to the venue from the airport!), local cultural attractions, and accommodation information. The more information you provide, within reason, the better. Also, please include contact information for the members of your team.

With a June 1st deadline, you hopefully will have time to get your bid completed and submitted to the Conferences Committee early so that we can provide some feedback and allow you to make changes if needed.

Hosting YAPC is a rewarding experience and provides a great opportunity to give back to the Perl community. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your bid!

Send any questions and completed bids to the TPF conferences group: tpf-conferences (at) perl (dot) org

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Kieren has posted his Week 2 Report on the Perl Survey, and is very happy with the responses so far: 2500 responses in under a week. With just another week to run, he's hoping to get responses from users outside the core community, so please pass along a link to the Perl Survey to the Perl users you know.

Kieren Diment's Perl Survey Grant work has led to the first new Perl Survey since the original 2007 survey. You can take the survey, and we encourage you to do so. Kieren hopes to deliver early analysis of the gathered data in early June at the German Perl Workshop.

You can read Kieren's announcement in his own words on his blog.

Ricardo Signes reports that all work on his 2010 Q1 grant to improve the Dist::Zilla distribution builder is complete, with all work complete, tested, and released for some time into the CPAN.

His complete and detailed final report can be read online.

Although grant managers should report regularly on grantees progress, given some extra work on TPF Grants Committee regarding the new operation rules, I would like to make a small report on which grants are TPF currently funding and what is their status.

This list starts from oldest to newest:

Schwern does not give feedback for a long time. Please push him personally. Thanks.
Kieren is already running an alpha or beta Perl Survey, and is preparing it to be open to the community real soon. Stay tuned.
Leon says that the only big thing that still has to happen is writing more documentation. There are some other small issues like fixing the regexps and installer, but should be straightforward to fix.
As reported recently, Sebastian was ill during the last year and was unable to work on his grant (or anything else). He is getting better and getting back to work. He expects to have time to conclude his work in June.
Again, given lack of communication between Carl, Stephen and their grant managers, updates on this project are missing from TPF blog for some time. Meanwhile, their work did not stop and they are planning to conclude the project very soon. 
Curtis Jewell is also finishing his work. While we had some months without updates it was a problem of communication between Curtis and his Grant Manager. Thankfully that was solved and Curtis has been posting updates in the last month. Accordingly with his last report he might close the grant in two or three weeks.
Eric is not answering e-mails for some time. His last contact was in November, 2009. If you know Eric and he is alive, please let us know. If we do not hear from him in the next few weeks we might close the grant as a failure (accordingly with the new/future GC rules).
Ricardo is just finishing his grant. He sent a final report to the Grant Committee last week and it is being analyzed. It should be posted shortly. Once again, I would like to congratulate Ricardo for complying with his proposed schedule, and for keeping us all informed on his grant.

New Grant Managers

As well as the approval of the new Grant Committee rules and our attempt to close long running grants, we are also refreshing the Grant Managers.

Two of the current grant managers, Adrian Horward and Jeff Adams, are stepping down. I would like to thank both of them for their fantastic work, and give special thanks to Adrian who offered to help new grantees during their first weeks of work.

My call for volunteer Grant Managers was successful as we received a number of suitable applications. One from Jonathan Leto, who is currently managing the Google Summer of Code for TPF and the Parrot Foundation (and therefore will not be a Grant Manager in the next few months), and three others that will hopefully start working in the next grant round: Tom Hukins, Makoto Nozaki and Alan Haggai Alavi.

Before finishing this post, I would like to thank our current grant managers that are keeping their roles: Rosellyne Thompson, Ricardo Signes, Jeff Horwitz and Renée Baecker.
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New Grant Rules

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In an earlier blog post I stated that the Grants Committee has been working to improve the grants process. This work, along with the feedback we received from the community, has lead to two major changes to our rules of operation.

Historically we paid 50% of the grant up-front which led to situations where we paid grantees for little or no results. In future grants will be paid upon completion. It will be possible for a grantee to request an interim payment but this will need to be voted on by the Grants Committee. We have also added clear guidelines detailing the circumstances in which dormant grants will be closed without payment.

As well as these changes to the rules of operation we are working to improve the guidelines given to Grant Managers for determining if a grant has been successfully completed.

I would like to thank Alberto and the Grants Committee for their work and also all the community members who took time to comment on the previous rules and the proposed changes.

The new rules are included in the continuation to this post.

Dave Mitchell writes:

As per my grant conditions, here is a report for the April period.

I continued working my way through the list of tie bugs, then towards the
end of the month, got sucked into spending quite a bit of time on a regexp
bug. I also spent a bit of time revisiting some earlier fixes of mine
where issues showed up once we got 5.12 released and started smoking stuff

Over the first 8 weeks I have now averaged about 18 hours per week,
slightly less than the nominal 20.

Report for period 2010/04/01 to 2010/04/30 inclusive


Effort (HH::MM):

9:55 diagnosing bugs
37:55 fixing bugs
0:00 reviewing other people's bug fixes
0:00 reviewing ticket histories
4:25 review the ticket queue (triage)
52:15 total

Numbers of tickets closed:

3 tickets closed that have been worked on
0 tickets closed related to bugs that have been fixed
7 tickets closed that were reviewed but not worked on (triage)
10 total

Short Detail

6:10 [perl #5475] Bug in taint+regex+hash/arrays
0:25 [perl #7938] local @tied_array broken
7:25 [perl #8857] STORE incorrectly invoked for local($_) on aliased tied array element
13:10 [perl #23810] Tied methods break when combined with eval() of failing compile-time code
0:20 [perl #67260] Using $> and $< incorrectly enables taint at runtime
20:20 [perl #74484] Regex causing exponential runtime+mem usage
4:25 [TRIAGE]

Unfortunately Sebastian Riedel had some health problems during this year and that affected, as expected, everything on his life. Nevertheless, he intends to finish his work with TPF and expects to get results during next June. So, expect news soon.

Curtis sent us some new updates on his grant. Details follow:

There were two issues still not complete on my last report:

1. Can be installed to any drive (the top directory may still be named "strawberry" under the root of the selected drive)

This has finally been completed, and the 5.12.0 versions of Strawberry Perl April 2010 Beta 2 will have this code.

The actual restriction on usable directories is that the path (yes, it can be deeper than one directory) installed into cannot have spaces (and you cannot use Windows' "short names" to get around this restriction), and the path must be US-ASCII.

Since there has been no more response on, the 5.8.9 and 5.10.1 versions of Strawberry Perl will not be able to do this for April 2010.

2. Includes a script that saves the settings that local::lib creates within the Windows Registry.

This script is now available on CPAN as and will be installed in Strawberry Perl starting with April 2010 Beta 2.

Curtis expects to finish his grant in two or three weeks.

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