*Joel Berger wrote:*
After [last month's](http://blogs.perl.org/users/joel_berger/2012/03/alienbase-perl-foundation-grant-report-month-1.html) breakneck development pace, I knew this month wouldn't be as gratifying, and indeed it turned into quite a slog.
This month involved lots of little bug fixes, posting dev releases to CPAN, then waiting for test results from CPANtesters. As a side note, there are a larger number of reports coming from Solaris and BSD than I would have expected. Sadly one of the bugs that still hasn't been sorted out is this recurring Solaris bug when changing working directory. It would appear that I am going to have to find a Solaris box or VirtualBox appliance, since waiting for test results for every fix attempt would take far too long.
I do have some nice things to report. I have received help from fellow WindyCity.pm member David Mertens and new contributor JT Palmer this month, so thanks guys! Next I have just pushed a new dev release which (again) changes the mechanism of dynamic loading; this one more reliant on DynaLoader's facilities rather than munging ENV variables. This seems to be more platform independent, or I should say, as platform independent as p5p has written into it. I have much faith in them! Preliminary results seem promising. David had been having problems with a candidate Alien:: module that he is writing and this release seems to have fixed it. I hope to see Darwin and Win32 start passing too (gasp).
With that said, I am still targeting more documentation and a basic testing framework before a 0.001 alpha release. Seems like I'm always saying this, but I hope this will be coming shortly.
Fork Alien::Base on [Github](https://github.com/jberger/Alien-Base) and note that the 0.000_009 dev release is still contained in the [`dlopen`](https://github.com/jberger/Alien-Base/tree/dlopen) branch. I will merge it once the tests seem to bear it out.
*Original article at [Joel Berger \[blogs.perl.org\]](http://blogs.perl.org/users/joel_berger/2012/04/alienbase-perl-foundation-grant-report-month-2.html).*