NB: This is my first post in the EPO Iron Man challenge. (Warning: contains some expletives)
First and foremost, the long awaited Catalyst 5.8 is out! My mind-share has primarily been with the 5.7x series so I've been pretty much out of the loop on everything that's going on. Luckily enough, everything is basically backwards compatible (less any necessary module upgrades).
Besides the usual round of bug fixes, this release is built on top of Moose. I'm a big fan of Moose and the ease with which it lets me code, so I'm very excited to see this feature. Be sure to check the Changelog for all of the details.
As far as my personal projects go, I've finally been able to deprecate two of my oldest modules (Image::ANSI and Image::XBin) with the latest release of Image::TextMode. This release now mirrors all features provided by the two before it (and then some). It can now write each format (not 100% complete, but release-worthy) -- I've even included a little bit of naive RLE compression.
Personal projects let me explore some new/different technologies which may not fit in do my daily $work. One of those would be Moose, as mentioned above (which is now part of our standard "toolkit"). Another would be XS. Writing Image::TextMode::Reader::ANSI::XS was very eye opening as far as hooking Perl and C code together and illuminating the Perl internals for me.
Recently, I've been in tune with adding new QA tools to my repertoire, such as: Benchmark (high time I learned more about it), Perl::Critic (again, about time) and Devel::NYTProf.
If I'm going to keep up with this "Iron Man Challenge," then maybe I will save my favorite QA tools for their own post. Stay tuned!