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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

Journal of acme (189)

Wednesday September 03, 2003
05:42 AM

CPAN Testers

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CPAN Testers is a wonderful resource. Picture the scene: you're a CPAN author. You've created a new module or a new release of a new module, put it up to PAUSE and then your baby is out there in the world. You think all is well. But what's this? You get an email from CPAN Testers telling you that the release wasn't as smooth as you thought it was. What a service! You fix the bug and release a new, working version.

The old CPAN Testers site was a little slow. I rewrote it, put the code on CPAN (CPAN::WWW::Testers::Generator, CPAN::WWW::Testers) and it is now available as

Additional sexy features: the database the site uses is available for download, thanks to Graham testers results are now available on, and you can get YAML and RSS (thanks Iain) feeds for each distribution (eg: see the bottom of the the full page for Data::Page).

Woo, it all worked out. No need to send out the ninjas...

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  • acme++ for this. I love it when people do stuff. I particularly love it when there's a synergistic effect.
      ---ict / Spoon
  • CPAN Testers (and all means to access their data) have caught all kinds of errors in my modules. My modules always pass test as I publish them, but there's often been odd incompatibilities with other modules that only the CPAN testers have let me know about. I really love their work!