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petdance
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I'm Andy Lester, and I like to test stuff. I also write for the Perl Journal, and do tech edits on books. Sometimes I write code, too.

Journal of petdance (2468)

Wednesday August 01, 2007
12:02 PM

Hello to Technorati

Technorati Profile

This is to let Technorati know that I actually write this.

I guess I should put real content here. Here's some:

Use ack! Use ack!

Sunday July 29, 2007
03:39 PM

how to get help wanted ads

I'd like to see some sort of "Help Wanted" or "Help Available" board that would let people post their projects that they need help on, or where people could say "I have these skills, I'd like to help on a project."

I'm almost thinking it'd be a wiki, but it could also be like jobs.perl.org. I very specifically do not it to be "Just post to your use.perl journal", because not everyone reads everyone's use.perl journal, and plus I want to be able to post new people who are eager to help on something to a dedicated place where their skills could get used.

Thoughts?

Wednesday June 27, 2007
01:22 PM

What should I work on for the hackathon?

I'm taking part in the post-YAPC::NA hackathon remotely on Thursday and Friday. Took two days off of work and I'm going to do nothing but work on Perl-related projects. Here's what's big in my iGTD to-do list:
  • Move the Parrot wiki at rakudo.org off of Socialtext onto MediaWiki
  • Get context searching working in ack
  • Fix the bug where ack -1 fails to find "-1"
  • Write docs for the headerizer in Parrot
  • Write a doc generator for Parrot
  • Write ack -g so you don't have to do ack -f | grep whatever
  • Move WWW::Mechanize's repository over to Google Code
  • Update Parrot coding standards
  • Fix Parrot's C macros that (dangerously) assume certain variables in scope
  • Work on Solaris lint target for Parrot
  • Work on splint target for Parrot

Which of those do you want me to work on? Why?

Friday May 25, 2007
05:30 PM

Prepare for consting!

Note that I am officially jumping back on the Parrot project.

All your consts are belong to me.

Tuesday May 22, 2007
02:45 PM

Help test WWW::Mechanize and its encoding fixes

Kevin Falcone and I have been working on encoding problems with Mechanize. As many people as can test the darn thing would be appreciated.

Also, suggestions on getting rid of the warnings in the test suite are welcome as well.

Thanks,
xoxo,
Andy
(and Kevin)

Download at $CPAN/authors/id/P/PE/PETDANCE/WWW-Mechanize-1.29_01.tar.gz

Here's what goes wrong: t/live/wikipedia.........ok 5/15Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. t/live/wikipedia.........ok 10/15Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities at /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/HTML/PullParser.pm line 83. t/live/wikipedia.........ok

Monday April 30, 2007
05:23 PM

Source code comment of the day

# Oh look, a yawning portal to Hell! Let's play touch football right by it!

http://search.cpan.org/src/ARANDAL/Pod-Simple-3.05/lib/Pod/Simple/HTML.pm

Wednesday April 25, 2007
01:31 PM

My new old job

I've got a new job. I'm no longer at Socialtext doing wikis, but am back at Follett Library Resources.

I used to be the manager of the Development department here at FLR, but now I'm just a plain ol' Senior Programmer. The current manager is a guy I hired years ago who is a great leader, and a natural for the position, and so working for him, with our roles reversed, is no trouble whatsoever. It's great to work in a company again with real management.

My mom asked me "Do you like not having the boss responsibilities? Do you have aspirations to move up again?" I really don't see my move back here as "down". It's just a different role. When I took the manager job, it wasn't because I wanted to move "up", but because it was part of what I needed to do to make things happen. I had to hire people to make the department better, and I needed to be the technical leader. After five years of getting the department into shape, I had come to the end of what I wanted to do, so I left. Now that I'm back, it's with a new set of challenges, leading work on a new project overhauling a website for a sister company, doing new cleanup and refactoring.

Saturday March 31, 2007
12:26 AM

Allison on commit bits

"I generally find that the people with the greatest dislike of a waiting period for commit access are the ones with the greatest need of a waiting period for commit access."
Friday February 16, 2007
12:14 PM

Please stop telling me about xkcd

Every time xkcd.com mentions Perl, I get a half dozen forwards, and a half dozen people feel obligated to post it to their local Perl Mongers list. No more! Agh!
Sunday February 11, 2007
01:00 AM

... that rhymes with "P" and that stands for "POOL"!

Here's an entry at dirtydictionary.com for the term "pocket pool". (No nudity, but may not be SFW)

http://www.dirtydictionary.com/pocketpool.html

And who's that in the photo? Who could it be? Is it that surprising? I say not!