We have received the following Perl 5 grant application from Ricardo Signes.
Before the Board votes on this proposal we would like to have a period of community consultation. Please leave feedback in the comments or if you prefer send email with your comments to karen at perlfoundation.org.
Perl QA Hackathon 2012
Amount Requested: $900
This grant will be used to pay for travel for Ricardo Signes to and from the Perl QA Hackathon held in Paris in Q1 2012.
Benefits to Perl 5
I have attended three of the four Perl QA Hackathons (Oslo, Birmingham, Amsterdam) 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 hope to continue some work performed with David Golden in 2011, refactoring PAUSE and adding more regression tests to it. PAUSE is 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."
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.
Any software that I produce will be released under the Perl 5 standard license terms.
I have been building software in Perl professionally for about twelve 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 twice before, both of which were completed promptly and successfully.