If you’ve heard of Perl, you’ve probably heard of CPAN. But did you know that CPAN comes with a free QA team? CPAN Testers is a large-scale, distributed, grass-roots project to continuously collect and syndicate Perl library tests from over 80 different platforms and every version of Perl since 5.6.
Over 150 volunteers test the 20,000 libraries already on CPAN plus 1,000 new uploads each month. Over 6.5 million test reports have been collected to date and over 400,000 more arrive each month. Within days of a library arriving on CPAN, it will be tested dozens of times. And it’s all free — free as in speech and free as in beer.
Where did this project come from? Why did it succeed? How is it benefiting Perl users and developers? And what can other FOSS projects learn (or steal) from CPAN Testers?
This talk uses CPAN Testers as a case study to explore four important practices for large-scale, volunteer QA projects.
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