in which rjbs apologizes for being a dick

November 17, 2008  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

A while ago, I did a bit of work applying patches to MIME::Lite. It’s the most widely depended upon of the dists I maintain, and one of the oldest, with the most RT tickets. I also don’t really like it very much, so it doesn’t get as much work as I’d like to give it.

i have an xbox 360 now

November 16, 2008

I noticed, recently, that I had enough Amex rewards points to get an Xbox 360. I thought about it for a while and then decided to go for it. As is my habit when ordering something, I obsessively checked the status of my order every few hours, and it kept sitting at “submitted.” I figured it could take quite a while, since I was buying with points.

publishing parts of my tiddlywiki

November 15, 2008  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Some time ago I wrote that I had moved my D&D wiki to TiddlyWiki. This has worked pretty well, although I’ve mostly given up storing YAML in my TiddlyWiki – mostly because I didn’t end up using the tools that used it all that much. Maybe next time.

astounding optimization! thanks nytprof!

November 12, 2008  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

We’ve been unhappy with the performance of some code, recently. I was pretty sure I knew where the problem was, but I thought I’d run NYTProf just to see how things looked. I’m running an older NYTprof, so it’s not 100% clear that my SQL-level optimization is what I need to do – but it’s the right thing to do anyway. Anyway, I figured I might see something sort of interesting, but I never expected this:

more more cpan metrics

November 4, 2008  📚 🐫

As suggested, I have run the code such that a dist’s mere appearance on the CPAN is not counted. In other words: code exists if it is used. If not, it is ignored entirely. It ends up not having much effect.

more cpan metrics

November 4, 2008  📚 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

For a while, I’ve been keeping track of the total usage of my code on the CPAN. It helps me see what people have found useful, and lets me decide how scared to be of introducing back-incompat changes. Sometimes people talk about the sort of catastrophe that can occur if a highly-required module is broken. For example, over 11,000 dists require the code in Getopt-Long. If it broke badly and people installed the new code, it would be a nightmare.

Horror Movie Month 2008

November 4, 2008  🎃 🍿

As is our tradition, Gloria and I watched a bunch of horror movies this October. Here’s a quick recap:

hogar crea flan

November 2, 2008  🥘

There is a fairly well-respected charity that’s fairly active in Bethlehem. It’s called Hogar Crea. I’m sure they do lots of good stuff and help people. That’s the impression I’ve gotten from various people. That’s not what matters to me.

what the heck is distzilla?

October 27, 2008  🦖 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

At the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop this year, I gave a lightning talk about Dist::Zilla, the system I am increasingly using to manage my CPAN distributions. I’m using it instead of writing a Makefile.PL, but it doesn’t do the same thing as Module::Build or ExtUtils::MakeMaker. I’m using it instead of running module-starter, but it doesn’t do the same things as Module::Starter. I’ve had some people say, “So should I stop using X and use Dist::Zilla instead?” The answer is complicated.