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Finding CPAN adoption candidates

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A talk I gave at the London Perl Workshop 2013, about automatically identifying CPAN distributions that might be candidates for adoption.

A talk I gave at the London Perl Workshop 2013, about automatically identifying CPAN distributions that might be candidates for adoption.

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    • 1. Finding CPAN Adoption Candidates Neil Bowers NEILB 1
    • 2. A long time ago … 2
    • 3. 3
    • 4. My first thought … 4
    • 5. 5
    • 6. A lot of stale distributions on CPAN • But some are 'finished', not 'stale' 6
    • 7. Goal • How can we identify the 'best' candidates? • Distributions that might be open to adoption … • That are of value to CPAN / Perl programmers 7
    • 8. Bugs reported since release • Bugs being reported a long time after last release? • Suggests that the module is (still) being used 8
    • 9. Bug score 9
    • 10. Are other dists using this dist? 10
    • 11. Total usage graph 11
    • 12. CPAN Testers • All dists have three parts to their CPAN Testers score: • # passes • # fails • # unknowns • Skip dists with fewer than 50 reports • +2 if fails + unknowns >= 50% • +1 if fails + unknowns >= 5% 12
    • 13. Adoptability score • Gating criteria – score = 0 if • bug_score = 0, NEEDHELP, core with upstream=blead • Otherwise score according to a rule set: bug score 10 or more bugs reported since last release dependent distributions CPAN Testers 0 to 3 1 1 + log10( $dep_dists ) 1 or 2 core module (CPAN upstream) 2 ADOPTME or HANDOFF 1 Single module in dist 1 Single user has PAUSE permissions 1 Author hasn't released anything in 3+ years 1 13
    • 14. neilb.org/adoption 14
    • 15. Adopting a module • Fork it on github (see gitpan) • Fix some/all outstanding bugs • Follow up in bug-tracker, & offer to do a release • Email author via all addresses you can find online • After 2 weeks try again, and try other avenues • Ask on IRC, email module-authors, perlmonks • After 1 month, email modules@perl.org, cc author • They'll give you co-maint permissions • You might want to ask for ownership after 6 months 15
    • 16. What's next? • Split score into value & adoptability • Ability to generate other lists, such as "dists that need help" • New factors • +1 if CPAN Testers says it needs help • +1 if ++'d on MetaCPAN • +1 if outstanding pull request(s) on github • Get the adoption score into MetaCPAN • Add this into MetaCPAN, or • Generate JSON for MetaCPAN to import • or? • Exclude build dependencies from the dep graph 16

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