Posts Tagged ‘perl’

More perl test modules

  Today I learned about these cute perl testing chaps: Test::Portability::Files – Check file names portability across OSes Test::Synopsis – Test your SYNOPSIS code Test::Vars – Detects unused variables Test::DistManifest – Author test that validates a package MANIFEST Test::CPAN::Meta – Validate your CPAN META.yml files Test::EOL – Check the correct line endings in your project […]


CPAN pull request challenge: Crypt::OpenSSL::RSA

I think I got off lightly with this one. It’s a simple wrapper over a C library. In summary: There were 3 easily fixed perlcritic problems at level 3. CPANTESTERS had a couple of quibbles, also easily fixed. Test coverage was comprehensive. And that’s about it! Mistakes I’ve made in retrospect: I didn’t bump the […]


New Relic site performance monitoring

I was having Christmas tapas with old colleagues and Paul, owner and CEO of Cognitran mentioned New Relic as an awesome piece of CYA software: “your app is too slow”, “uh, no, it’s your database, FIX IT”, “oh, OK”. I’m currently running it on Panda and Polar Bear and it demonstrates how awesomely tuned up […]


What’s new in perl?

For about four years, I’d been living in perl 5.8.8. land at the BBC, and some unicode issues aside, not really been fussed about recent perls. I’d had a nagging feeling that I’d been missing out on shiny new features that would make my life so much easier. Also being constantly being berated on the […]


AngelHack Hackathon Fall 2012

So that was a weekend. AngelHack is designed to throw a couple of hundred people of various disciplines together to see what wacky and zany ideas they can come up with in 24 hours. There are sponsors present, Microsoft pimping BizSpark and CouchDB amongst others, rewarding you with loot for sitting through their pitches. First […]


Getting DBD::Informix running on Mac OS X 10.7 (lion)

Throwing this out there and adding it to the Google-fu mix. According to the internets, DBD::Informix has issues on Lion. Many different solutions are offered, but this is what worked for me. Download the “Client SDK” from the IBM site. The problem: trying to build with out of the box everything, throws up: lipo: /var/tmp//cc56iZs2.out […]


A new Squeeze with Postgres on VMware

I feel the need to note this down because two of these three are largely unfamiliar to me, and the other one bit me in the unmentionables. Hopefully this permutation will help others. Also, this is the setup I needed for my current $ork. First, let’s download our operating system. I honestly can’t remember the […]


Maintaining a Darkpan

I didn’t find many references out there that did exactly what I needed, but with the help of Miyagawa and others, I cobbled together the right combination of incantations. To give some background, at the BBC we have a project whose technical debt has built up to the point where they require archaic versions of […]


Recruiters – what exactly are you for?

I was recently looking for a new contract, hopefully something leveraging what I’ve been doing recently (SCRUM) and outside what are usually seen as my core skills (perl, Hudson). This brought me into copious contact with that subspecies of human we call the “recruitment consultant”, “agent” or more collquially “pimp”. What I’ve found has staggered […]


Hudson and Selenium – Experiences

Tonight I gave a talk at the London Perlmongers about my experiences rolling out Selenium and Hudson at Photobox. PDF of the slides here: Hudson and Selenium You’ll have to imaging the handwaving and irrelevant asides. Any questions? Related Posts:Hudson and SeleniumRecruiters – what exactly are you for?New Relic site performance monitoringWhat’s new in perl?AngelHack […]


Hudson and Selenium

Sorry, geek day job alert. I have a baby Hudson and Selenium setup here. I’ve inherited a very nasty test harness that our testers are familiar with and can build tests for but it currently runs interactively on Windows and will be a ‘mare to port and enhance. I have a vision of a world […]


Geeks in Taipei

A few stragglers from the OSDC.tw conference here in Taipei captured in their natural setting of coffee shop during an afternoon hackfest. The outside of the coffee shop porch was nicely lit with typical cloudy grey Taipei diffused ambient light. I’d originally intended these images should be black and white with a retro, gnarly feel […]