Module management strikes again

From the very beginning I claimed neutro is a quick-and-dirty solution, needed to have something to install modules while experts build the real thing ™. Experts still didn’t, neutro got quite bloated and under-thought-about. It evolved from 50-line script running git, ufo and make to a big, untested and horrible block of code. Not that bad while that was working. Time has passed, things started to break, no tests, no modularity: crap. I decided refactoring will be so close to a complete rewrite that it wasn’t worth the effort. Let’s try some TDD and produce something worthwhile.

Funny, that after some thinking and designing I ended up with something almost identical to masak’s Pls: the thing that was to replace proto, being modular, testable and stuff. Noticed the resemblance? History repeats itself. So Pies (or Dog, as english people say) was written. Like Pls, it was rather a specification than an implementation. And so Panda was written: a module installer being an implementation of Pies.

Disclamer: my dog is named Panda. You may think this whole naming is just to have fun writing “class Panda is Pies”. Well, I won’t feel right denying that. But it was not the only reason, really!

After some hacking, some code stealing, sometime during the Holland Hackathon Panda became usable and useful, thus deprecating neutro. That’s right, neutro is now being replaced. It did its job for some time, but it wasn’t one of this temporary solutions which stay forever. What a relief.

So, panda (living on is now ready to test and use. Go and get it! And I promise, I’ll write a specification of the format soon. Sooner or later, probably sooner than later.

Any bugreports, ideas and criticism about Pies/Panda are as welcome as always.


A trip to Holland

On the Netherlands Perl Workshop, where I’ve met some fellow Poles, I was asked: „so, why Perl? Why not Python or Ruby?”. That always takes me a while to answer. When we speak about languages, there is probably no good reason. Although I have very little experience besides Perl, all of them seem nice to me, pleasant to read and write, with lots of ready-to-use modules. What makes Perl special? The only sensemaking thing that comes to my mind, is the community. Among all the languages I’ve ever used, none was able to make me go to a pub once in a month just to talk about nerdy stuff. None made me travel to another country, to spend a few days with people I knew only from their IRC nicks and gravatars. But but, to start from the beginning…

To be honest, being invited just out of the blue to come to Netherlands to a workshop and a hackathon was quite a suprise to me. Someone I barely know invites me to come to his place a few hunded kilometers away, to meet a few other people I barely know and hack together. Suprising, exciting, awesome. The Perl community suprises me once again, in a whole new way. Didn’t think much, had to ensure a few close relatives that I’ll be alright and flew.

Oh, what can I say to not turn it into „I’ll now describe my 3-day-long-holidays, please prepare your pillows”. People were as awesome as expected. The workshop was nice, yet I have an impression that the most interesting talks were the ones about Perl 6, from the people I came to the workshop with. But I may be biased, as half of the talks were in Dutch, one of the languages I don’t speak at all :) Some at-slides-looking, some Perl6 hacking occured. Met a few nice people, even two from Poland, which I didn’t quite expect. Shot a few pictures, got an awesome t-shirt. I wonder what YAPC::EU will be like, besides being few times bigger.

The most remembered thing is the hackathon at Martin’s place afterwards. Interesting how just sitting in a room laughing from the same jokes can bring productivity to the levels I haven’t seen before :) Maybe I should figure out some way to cheat my brain and make it think I’m on a hackathon of some sort. Besides hacking, we went to a small trip for me to see some outdoor Holland.

Besides the whole weekend being an awesome experience itself, I think it just pushed my Perl community awareness on a whole new level. Now it’s not only Perl Mongers meetings once in a month, but traveling across Europe to meet new people and see new places. There wouldn’t be so much awesomeness if there weren’t these awesome people. Thank you guys, that were the best holidays I’ve had recently.