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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Cross posted from the CPAN Testers Blog.
June saw a lot of work behind the scenes for CPAN Testers. At the end of the month David and Ricardo finally got to release Metabase to CPAN, the project key to moving towards CPAN Testers 2.0. If you're interested in helping out or finding out more, join the mailing list, or take a look at the current Github repo. David has identified some of the areas still to be worked on, so if you have some tuits to help out, it would be very much appreciated.
The end of June also enjoyed the sun in Pittsburgh as part of YAPC::NA 2009, aka YAPC|10. While there were some testing related talks, there wasn't a specific CPAN Testers talk this year, or BOF. So much has been going into the work of getting the websites upgraded I never got the time to prepare a talk about it all. Next year hopefully we'll have a lot more to say about Metabase and the CPAN Testers 2.0 infrastructure. The talk I did do in Pittsburgh, The Statistics of CPAN, did however highlight some very positive numbers about the state of CPAN. If nothing else it highlights that CPAN Testers has a lot of work to continue with for a long time to come. I'm looking at putting a number of the tables and graphs into the CPAN Testers Statistics website, and if you have any suggestions for more, please let me know.
Following the changes in the CPAN Testers Reports website, the old domains now point to the static pages. Thanks to Ask, Robert and Jos for helping out with that. In doing so, a number of issues were pointed out that caused others problems. Specifically with the YAML files that are produced. Due to the vast number of reports now available, processing them is extremely time consuming. As a consequence to reduce the overhead, I ended up streamlining the data recorded in the YAML and JSON files, as several fields were either repeated or complete redundant. Unfortunately this has meant that some consumers of these files now are not able to process them correctly. As such there is now a new distribution on CPAN, CPAN-Testers-WWW-Reports-Parser, which can be used to correctly parse a CPAN Testers YAML or JSON file or data block, and return the fields you want. It supports all the fields previously used and knows how to construct them all from the current data set. If you plan on using the CPAN Testers data for a future project, please consider using this to ensure any future changes are instantly picked with a simple upgrade.
Last month we had a total of 165 testers submitting reports. The mappings this month included 34 total addresses mapped, of which 17 were for newly identified testers.
Congratulations to Dan Collins, who managed to post over 89,000 test reports in a single month, the highest we've ever had. Unsurprisingly Chris wasn't too far behind
The next summary will hopefully be posted during YAPC::Europe 2009 in Lisbon. If you're a tester and will be there too, please come and say hello