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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • For the most part, we aim to ensure that the casual user sees no difference. Got that? The casual user should see no difference!

    I'm a little confused here. Who is the target audience for TAP? And are you confusing that audience with the "casual user" that installs a module from CPAN and sees lots of junk scroll by on the terminal?

    The fact that CPAN module installation shows a lot of diagnostics to "casual" users is a historical accident and one that distribution packagers, whether PPM or .deb or .rp

    • use.perl seems buggy if I'm previewing several times. The reply below was for you.

  • I can define multiple target audiences and potentially different needs they have:

    Installers like CPANPLUS
    Should ignore POD failures.
    Smoke Testers
    Should potentially alert authors to POD failures, but not fail the module because of this.
    Developers (module authors)
    All tests must pass.
    Power Users
    Test timings, code coverage over time, tagged tests, aggregating multiple TAP streams from multiple projects, critical failure response and so on.

    All of the above issues have cropped up mult

    • My point was that you said "casual users" shouldn't see a difference. None of the examples you gave are casual users.

      I think worrying about two different companies with internal "Customer" modules is over-engineering a solution that can be solved with culture instead of code. All you need to do is document that using a generic module name increases the odds of a namespace conflict. Companies that care can name their internal test modules Yoyodyne::Internal::Customer or whatever suits their fancy.

      I think
      • Casual users: How would you define 'casual user' then? Someone who never runs tests? Then that's someone who will never see an impact anyway. I thought that the installers should be the 'casual users' because most of use use CPAN or CPANPLUS or make to install a new module. Those are the ones who shouldn't see a difference and those are the ones I view as casual users.

        Namespaces: I'm rather unhappy with the 'lower-case reserved' suggestion as I think the embedded dot is a reasonable compromise, bu

  • Can't we just steal the standard namespace trick of leeching off IANA?

    ---
    line: 5
    column: 6
    tap.yahoo.com:
            mykey: whatever
    expected: foo
    got: bar
    • I think this can work. Eric Wilhelm suggested the idea excluding dots from standard keys are recommending them (I would say "require") for user keys. Users would then be recommended to define a namespace for their keys (but ".time" would still be allowed). It's not perfect because clashes are still possible, but it does minimize the problem considerably. As we see more examples of what people are doing with TAP, we can build on their work. Simply allowing an "anything goes as long as it's not lower cas