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I just released version 0.30 of PDF::Template to CPAN. The last release prior (0.22) was over a year ago. The last new feature was over 18 months ago. Why? Because the last time I personally used PDF::Template was 18 months ago. I just now have had time to integrate the excellent changes autrijus forked on CPAN so that you can use PDF::API2 or PDFlib, as you choose.

Plus, fixing bugs isn't as simple as that. For one thing, I took PDF::Template over with, count 'em, 2 tests. I got that number up to about 20 and the coverage went from 10% to 26% (or so). Why so poor? Well, for one thing, I didn't test my stuff back then. For another, mocking pdflib_pl is hard. By using PDF::Writer instead, it makes it a lot easier to write tests for PDF::Template.

Of course, the problems never stop there. P::T was written against PDFlib v3. PDFlib v7 is about to be released and it will be removing a number of functions that I use to do things like load fonts. They were deprecated 2 years earlier in v5, but I wasn't keeping track. I've made a call for helpers, but I hope you'll note the number of responses. I don't have time to keep track of PDFlib changes and I don't know PDF::API2 at all. I want help with it, but no-one seems to want to help.

What should I do?

My criteria for good software:
  1. Does it work?
  2. Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?

In reply to Re: Responsibilities of a module author by dragonchild
in thread Responsibilities of a module author by xdg

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