Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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Today I did the "How To be A CPAN Tester" talk at YAPC::NA. During the talk I hinted, as I've done previously here, that there was something that David and I were planning to launch to the Perl community during the talk. Unfortunately David wasn't able to make it, but we did manage to collaborate on the slides and I think the talk went down well. Rather than getting in too deep, the talk covered enough to get people interested. However, to get more information previously was a bit difficult, which brings me to the launch.
After several months of thinking about it and several years prior to that when I shoud have thought about it, we're finally launching....
The site is the culmination of suggestions from David Centrell, Chris Williams, David Golden and myself to better provide an explanation of what CPAN Testers was and how to get involved. The Wiki is meant as a way for that to evolve, so that as tools and techniques improve, so can new users get involved a lot quicker, without first struggling to understand what they need to do or install before they can even start.
If you're a CPAN Tester, please take the time to take a look around the site and update anything you think might be important to include. The site will evolve over time, so although I've tried to include as much as I can to begin with, it is far from complete. Please free to contribute and help make the site a worthy resource for CPAN Testers.
Incidentally this post also marks my 500th journal entry to use.perl. It's only taken me 7 years