Perl Testing in 2023

With my open source work, I’ve historically taken an approach which relies more on integration testing than unit testing, but with some of my newer projects, I’ve tried adopting principles from $paidwork and applying them to my free software. This…

SemVer but with Extra Steps

This is a variant of SemVer which mostly meets all its rules, except for releases prior to 0.2.0, where we bend them slightly. It is my intention to use this versioning system for all open source software I develop from…

Type::Tiny v2 is Coming

Eagle-eyed watchers of CPAN may have noticed that I’ve recently been releasing Type::Tiny development releases with version numbers 1.999_XYZ. Type::Tiny v2 is intended to be compatible with Type::Tiny v1. If you’ve used Type::Tiny v1, you shouldn’t need to change…

RFC: new API for Type::Params

Firstly, I’m not planning on breaking compatibility with Type::Params. The new API would live under a different namespace, such as Type::Params2. The API for Type::Params is currently: use feature ‘state’; use Type::Params qw( compile compile_named_oo ); use Types::Standard -types; sub…

Mite: an OO compiler for Perl

Moose is great, but it does introduce a slight performance hit to your code. In the more than 15 years since it was first released, hardware improvements have made this less of a problem than it once was. Even…

Mood Lighting

The lighting in my bedroom uses Philips Hue bulbs — specifically, the coloured ones. Last night, I decided it would be nice to set the three lights in my bedroom to cycle slowly through a set of warm colours using…

Finding Squares in Matrices

I don’t usually take part in the Perl Weekly Challenge but one of this week’s challenges caught my eye. I thought it could be a fun thing to attempt and decided to use Zydeco to help solve it. The problem…