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.
Perl QA Hackathon 2014
This grant will be used to pay for travel for Ricardo Signes to and from the Perl QA Hackathon held in France in Q2 2014.
Benefits to Perl 5
I have attended five of the six Perl QA Hackathons (Oslo, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Paris, and Lancaster) 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 and 2013, I worked on refactoring PAUSE, adding tests, improving maintainability, fixing bugs, and adding features. 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."
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 PAUSE, specifically to enable the almost-complete increase in distribution name permissions lockdown; to discuss issues of the toolchain in the core perl distribution; and to process enhancement requests for CPAN::Meta and Software::License. If time permits, I'd like to work on the incorporation of the new Pod::Simple-based Pod::Checker into core, which will require substantial recoding of our podchecker tests. I expect a number of other topics will come and also get some of my time and labor.
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.
I have been building software in Perl professionally for about thirteen 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 four times before, all of which were successful.