March 2013 Archives

As you might have noticed, TPF has been grating money for some big tasks, like funding Nicholas Clark or Dave Mitchel work on Perl 5. Nevertheless, TPF has a Grants Committee with its own budget (although not a big one), to give grants for smaller projects, ranging from $500 to $3000.

With this amount we do not expect to fund full-time work, but instead, use it as an incentive to complete some specific task. Therefore, you don't have to have a large, complex, or lengthy project. You don't even have to be a Perl master or guru. If you have a good idea and the means and ability to accomplish it, we want to hear from you!

If you have something that could benefit the Perl community but just need that little extra help, submit a grant proposal until the end of April. You would like to have the money, you have the knowledge, but do not know what do propose? Ask around and you will probably get some ideas. Some Perl pumpkins might post some ideas as comments on this post.

Outreach Program for Women

I am pleased to announce that we will be taking part in the next round of the Free and Open Source Outreach Program for Women. This successful program was started in 2006 by the GNOME Foundation to encourage women to participate in the FOSS community.

This round of the program is open to women looking for internships between June and September of 2013. Full details of the eligibility requirements can be found on the program website.

We are looking for mentors and project ideas for the interns and also help with the coordination of this project. If you are interested in helping out in any way please contact karen [at]

At present we have the funding for one intern. If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring this project so that more interns could be funded please contact karen [at]

Dave Mitchell writes:

Got out of the habit of fixing bugs for the last couple of months. Spent most of the time that I was able to devote to perl mainly doing other stuff; in particular, pumpkining the 5.14.4 security release, and trying to keep up-to-date with my p5p inbox, which seems to be a full-time job these days.

Hopefully I'll be able to put lots of effort into working on 5.18 blocker bugs for the rest of March.

Over the last 2 months I have averaged 0.5 hours per week

As of 2013/02/28: since the beginning of the grant:

155.6 weeks
1590.8 total hours
10.2 average hours per week

There are 109 hours left on the grant.

Report for period 2013/01/01 to 2013/02/28 inclusive


Effort (HH::MM):

3:00 diagnosing bugs
1:15 fixing bugs
0:00 reviewing other people's bug fixes
0:00 reviewing ticket histories
0:00 review the ticket queue (triage)
4:15 Total

Numbers of tickets closed:

2 tickets closed that have been worked on
0 tickets closed related to bugs that have been fixed
0 tickets closed that were reviewed but not worked on (triage)
2 Total

Short Detail

2:30 [perl #115080] m?? doesn't only once match on -Duseithreads
0:20 [perl #116326] COW: big slowdown in simple? pattern matches
1:25 [perl #116621] Reading from STDIN fails if SIGCHLD handler is set

I am pleased to announce that Dr Nicholas Clark's Improving Perl 5 grant has been extended by another 400 hours.

I would like to thank everyone who commented on this request for their feedback. I would also like to thank all those who continue to provide financial support to the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund.

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