The Phalanx Project

Status: Finished


About Phalanx

This project is no longer active.

The Phalanx project has three goals:

  1. Strengthen CPAN's tests, coverage and documentation
  2. Strengthen Perl's tests and coverage
  3. Bring in newcomers to the Perl development process

When Ponie was announced in July 2003, we knew that it would require a regression test suite larger than Perl had ever had before. Fortunately, with the CPAN, we have a huge selection to choose from. Based on the assumption that the 80/20 rule holds true for CPAN usage, we shifted it to the 98/2 rule. We're hoping that the 100 distributions we've selected, mostly on rough statistical analysis of usage, will cover a huge part of the CPAN that's used by the Perl community.

As the Phalanx project continues, we'll start looking at the modules distributed with Perl, as well as the tests that test Perl itself. For now, we're focusing on the modules in The Phalanx 100.

What Phalanx will do

Bugs will be found. They're out there.

Author involvement

Phalanx will only work WITH module authors, not against or instead of them. If an author is not interested in our help, then we'll move on to another module. We're not here to take over.

Also, remember that your modules are not getting singled out as "needing help". Every module can use improvement. The Phalanx 100 is based roughly on popularity and importance.

Read more about how we plan to work.

Creating testing guidelines