[Pdx-pm] September Meeting next week
Seven till Seven
enobacon at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 16:26:43 PDT 2010
Wed. September 8th, 6:53pm at FreeGeek -- 1731 SE 10th Ave.
Modern Perl / Test::Builder2
chromatic and Michael Schwern
This meeting will be two shorter presentations back-to-back. The Modern
Perl talk is broadly targetted at beginners and everyday general usage
concepts while the Test::Builder 2 talk will delve much deeper into
particular details of Perl's testing system.
chromatic on Modern Perl
Perl masters talk about strange subjects such as whipupitude,
manipulexity, context, lexicals, and linguistic principles. It may seem
that you must be a wizard to apply these notions to your code and
dexterously wield Perl's essential strengths. In truth, these ideas and
idioms are deceptively simple: you use them every day when you read or
write plain English.
Demystifying the linguistic concepts in Perl opens up the doors of Perl
mastery. Come learn the philosophy behind Perl's design in order to
understand Perl and how to use its unique isms to improve your code.
Schwern on Test::Builder2
Test::Builder is what most Test modules are written with these days. It
lets them quietly coordinate with each other and frees the authors from
having to worry about the details. It was written in 2001 and in that
decade there's been an explosion of testing modules.
A decade later, Test::Builder is starting to show its age and
limitations. Its assumptions and biases are restraining the Perl
testing community. Perl has moved on, too. When Test::Builder was
written, testing was still a "new" thing. Now it's a given. We have a
real object system now and a sophisticated community to take advantage.
Enter Test::Builder2. A total rewrite of Test::Builder to remove its
biases and let test authors do whatever they can dream up while still
being the solid iron core of Perl testing and remaining compatible with
Test::Builder. It takes advantage of things like Mouse (that's a small
Moose), method wrappers and roles. Counter-intuitively, it does less
than Test::Builder does while providing more opportunities.
Schwern has a grant for Test::Builder2 from the Perl Foundation and if
he doesn't release something by October they'll break his legs. So he's
hoping to generate some contributors by showing off the design and
As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab.
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