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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Sunday January 21, 2007
08:06 AM

Test::Harness 3.0 (via TAPx::Harness::Compatible)

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You might want to be aware of a Perl QA discussion involving creating Test::Harness 3.0. From the opening email of this discussion:


Andy Lester sent me an email (which I'm relaying with permission) saying that he feels the TAPx::Parser distribution is a good candidate for Test::Harness 3.0.

To see how well this works, Andy Armstrong is now working on TAPx::Harness::Compatible. All of the Test::Harness tests have been copied over and it's intended that all of them should pass before we release this.

Obviously, nothing will get renamed to Test::Harness without Andy Lester's blessing. Further, nothing will simply be 'rushed into place' without extensive testing and we want to feel *extremely* comfortable that we're not going to break anything. We want this to be *completely* backwards compatible, but would like to hear feedback from folks about any issues we might want to be aware of.

We're particularly keen to known what Rafael and Nicholas think, since they're the pumpkings and keeper of the keys.

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  • With the blessing of Andy, I'll have no problem putting this in the core. We'll probably want to release 5.10.0 before that, though. Also, t/harness in the core will probably need adjustments to work with T::H 3.0.
    • Is there an estimated timeframe for the 5.10 release?

      • Timeframe, not really, but we have few problems left, and when it's done I'll release 5.9.5, which will be a 5.10.0-alpha. So, this will occur within a few months.
    • This would seem to fit really well with the other toolchain changes (like making the toolchain bootstrappable) it looks like we'll be making between 5.10.0 and 5.10.1.

      With a bit of luck that should mean that 5.10.1 becomes the first "last Perl 5 you will ever need". :)