Dist::Zilla status report: awesome

March 23, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I’m feeling pretty good about progress so far, especially after today taking an axe to the InstallDirs plugin, which was a bug ugly mess. Here’s the big board:

back to Dist::Zilla features: finders, installed resources

March 22, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I don’t think I’m quite done with my basic tests, but I’ve gotten to the point where I need to fix some other features first. The yak stack is actually sort of interesting, so I’ll explain it:

Dist::Zilla much more tested, but much less releaseable

March 20, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I’ve added a bunch more tests to Dist::Zilla as I try to work through my checklist of plugins to cover. Some have been easier than I expected, but I’ve found myself in a bit of a predicament.

Dist::Zilla testing continues

March 18, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

“Hey, look, I wrote some more unit tests!” is about as fun to report as it is to do, but so far, so good. The Dist::Zilla::Tester system I put together has been working pretty well, and I’ve made a few tweaks as I go. I’d originally meant to write one test per plugin, but for some of them it’s just much, much simpler to combine them to have two or three plugins per test file. If this leads to problems, I can split it up again later. For now, it’s looking good.

Behold! The first useful Dist::Zilla test...

March 15, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I’ve made a rough checklist of all the things I need to write proper tests for. This will only get me unit tests, and integration tests will then be an ongoing effort, due to the many possible configurations I will want to test for.

testing work on Dist::Zilla to begin

March 14, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Guess what I worked on today in Dist::Zilla? Logging! I’m beginning to think I may have a logging-tweaking addiction.

logging changes in Dist::Zilla were not complete

March 12, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

In short, there was just too much copy and paste. It wasn’t really trivial, either. Here’s an example of code that appeared in both Pod::Weaver::Role::Plugin and Dist::Zilla::Role::Plugin:

logging changes in Dist::Zilla are maybe complete

March 10, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

The last 24 hours or so have been really busy. Today was Martha’s third birthday (wow, can you believe it?) and I’ve had a number of incredibly annoying bugs at work. I won’t get into the details right now but one of them was an MSIE bug that I solved by \uXXXX-only double-JSON-encoding a structure. The other was fixed by disabling Etag headers. Blaaaagh!

testing and logging with Dist::Zilla

March 8, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I feel like I’m making enough progress, right now, to make a grant update every day. I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m glad that it’s going so well, so far.

more dzil improvements; mostly logging

March 7, 2010  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I’ve been continuing to work on adding improved logging capabilities to Dist::Zilla. They’re not going to be terribly complex, but I’m trying to make sure that they’re easy to use, and that they lend themselves to sane default output and useful debugging output. Yesterday, I realized that these lines were really annoying: