Originally published at Perl Weekly 617
You might know that I talk and write a lot about Open Source and I have a number of open source projects. Mostly web applications. One of them is the CPAN Digger where I try to analyze CPAN packages and point to directions for relatively easy improvement. The most basic one would be a link to the public VCS (Version Control System) of the project.
We have some historical data points with weekly reports. Around 80% of the recently uploaded distributions have a link to their VCS. It is not bad, but is still 20% less than would be ideal. I am less happy about the fact that only 50% use any CI to check their code before it is released to CPAN.
All this boils down to trying figure out the business risks of using Open Source 3rd party libraries in general and Perl modules in particular along with ways to alleviate them.
When you or your boss think about your Perl-based application, what are the things that make you worry? Do you bump into issues with modules that are not fixed? If you try to fix the issues, do you feel that it is hard to understand the code of the module?
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The Perl and Raku Conference for 2023 will again feature a Hackathon Room. On July 10th, the Marketing Committee plans to coordinate activities for projects that have a broad impact on Perl
What will change in the next version of Perl?
Friday is a solo board game. Sounds interesting.
Data::Resolver provides both a unified interface to resolve keys to data (available as file, filehandle, or in-memory), as well as a few concrete implementations to do this on the filesystem and with TAR files.
I always feel overwhelmed when I need to select a VM on one of the cloud providers. What do the different CPU types mean? How will the impact the performance of my application? etc.
Dave writes: 'This is, of course, a supremely unimportant fix in the grand scheme of things. But I think it illustrates an important issue that the Perl community should be thinking about. The community is shrinking. Or, at least, the part of the community that supports CPAN modules and runs our important infrastructure is shrinking. CPAN is full of modules that are now unsupported.' You can comment on this here.
Most CPAN modules are release with a license that says 'as Perl' referring to the Artistic 2.0 license. So how is it different from GPL 3.0?
Apparently there is a security issue with HTTP::Tiny. Here is the pull-request if you'd like to comment.
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Cool and crispy one-liner in Raku showing off the powerful features. Thanks for your contributions as always.
Clever use of $ARGV to get the job done. Keep it up great work.
I loved the simplicity in the description of process. Too good to be missed. Thank you.
Reading Raku solutions seems like a poetry, very smart. Just loved it. Thank you.
As always, "The questions" section is the highlight of the post. You don't want to miss out. Keep sharing your knowledge with us.
I liked the approach of using common sense as we get to the end result. It makes so much sense. Nice work.
Smart and clever use of ternary to make the code looks elegant. Thank you for sharing the knowledge every week.
USP of the post is always to see how Perl and Raku get the job done. It is amazing. Thank you for your contributions.
Welcome back and thanks for your contributions. We all missed you.
Master of Perl one-liner is at his best as always. Enjoy the power of Perl. Thank you.
Clean one-liner in Perl and well documented solution as always. Great work, keep it up.
Good catch with regard to the special cases and the way it is processed. Very smart, well done.
Simple and easy, no over-engineered approach. We even got bonus Rust solution discusses. Thank you for your contributions.
Brute force approach can be handy at times. Good one and keep it up.
Procedural approach makes the end result so clean and easy to follow. Well done.
A couple of entries sneaked in by Gabor.
Using 3rd party libraries always have risks. If you buy them from a company you might have the fuzzy feeling that you will be supported no matter what. If you use Open Source you might be exposed to risk that a purchase of propriatary package hides from you.
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