What is the QA Hackathon?

A free of charge coding workshop for people involved in Quality Assurance, testing, packaging, CPAN, and other projects related to quality assurance. The workshop is not necessarily exclusive to Perl projects, however, many of the attendees will be planning to work on projects that have a direct benefit to the Perl language.

This year's Hackathon will be held at the The Rugby Hotel in Rugby, UK from April 21-24.

The Perl QA Hackathon is the next in a series of annual events, following on from successful Hackathons in:

These events were a great success for the Perl and Open Source communities, as well as the attendees.

The Perl QA Hackathon is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: Code of Conduct

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Latest News

20/04/16 CV-Library is sponsoring the QA Hackathon

We're delighted to announce that CV-Library is supporting the QA Hackthon for the first time, as a gold sponsor.

CV-Library is the UK's leading independent job site, attracting over 3.8 million unique job hunters every month and holding the nation's largest database of over 10 million CVs.

Founded in 2000, CV-Library has been built on Perl since its inception. Like Perl itself, its platform has evolved over the years, and is now predominantly modern Perl using Dancer 2. They make use of Docker containers to provision new microservices, continuous integration (and some continuous deployment!), code reviews and code inspection.

Based in Fleet, Hampshire, CV-Library has a technical team of 25 maintaining and extending its infrastructure. Their developers contribute to CPAN (DIOCLES, LANCEW, and RAZ), found Perl Mongers groups (Fleet.pm, Southampton.pm), talk at London.pm and arrange CPAN pull request evenings with pizza! Regular demos and training sessions keep the whole team up to speed.

CV-Library is an active supporter of Perl and Open Source, their recent CPAN modules include Toggle and WebDriver::Tiny and they are regular sponsors of the London Perl Workshop.

CV-Library is hiring. They have open positions all levels and are pleased to have trained graduates with no prior Perl experience into happy Perl developers. For more details of their roles, please see:

Learn more about CV-Library's technology:

CV-Library is proud to contribute further to the development of Perl and the toolchain that they rely on, and we thank CV-Library for its support.

18/04/16 All our other sponsors for the QA Hackathon

The QA Hackathon (QAH) will be kicking off on Thursday morning this week, starting 4 days of intensive work on the CPAN toolchain, test frameworks, and other parts of the CPAN ecosystem. The participants will be gathering from all over the world on the Wednesday evening.

The QAH wouldn't be possible without the support of all of our generous sponsors. In this post we acknowledge the silver, bronze, and individual sponsors. Many of the Perl hackers taking part wouldn't be able to attend without your support. On behalf of the organisers and all attendees, thank you!

Silver sponsors

Infinity Interactive is a collection of passionate technologists who solve problems for a wide range of clients. Founded in 1998, Infinity now has over 30 employees spread across North America. While their “first love” will always be Perl, Infinity has expertise across a wide array of languages, technologies and platforms, from .NET to Node, Swift to Xamarin. A long time and fervent supporter of the open source and Perl communities, you may recognize their employees from their CPAN contributions and YAPC talks, including: ANELSON, DIZ, GENEHACK, JHANNAH, WOLFSAGE, and YANICK.

Perl Careers is a Perl-focused recruitment consultancy, run by a Peter Sergeant, a CPAN contributor (PAUSE id SARGIE) with a recruitment background, rather than by a non-technical person. Peter works with clients and candidates in London, the US, and Australia. Peter is not only sponsoring the QAH, he's attending it as well, to work on some of his Test modules.

By offering the best of traditional databases as well as the flexibility, scale, and performance required by today’s applications, MongoDB lets innovators deploy apps as big as they can possibly dream. From startups to enterprises, for the modern and the mission-critical, MongoDB is the database for giant ideas. MongoDB has offered a Perl driver since 2009 and is one of the only major next-generation database companies to offer an internally-developed and officially-supported Perl client. MongoDB believes in the Perl community; they regularly host Perl Meetups in their NYC office and send developers to major conferences. Look for David Golden’s talk on “Practical Consistency” at YAPC::NA 2016.

think project! is a cloud so­lu­tion for cross-en­ter­prise col­lab­o­ra­tion on pro­jects. The name think project! stands for both highly-adapt­able soft­ware as well as a team of spe­cial­ists who tai­lor its im­ple­men­ta­tion to meet in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments. think project! has used Perl and CPAN since the early 2000's. This has proven to be a good decision. For the last five years they have been proud to sponsor Perl events like the QAH.

Built on open-source technology with a commitment to customer success, DreamHost provides domain registration, web hosting and cloud services to 1.5 million sites, blogs and applications, and supports over 400,000 web designers, developers, content creators, small businesses and entrepreneurs with the power of the Open Web.

Campus Explorer is a free service that helps all types of students find the schools which best match their higher education needs. Campus Explorer provides pricing transparency, scholarship information, college rankings as well as numerous other key details on over 8,500 US colleges, universities and trade schools.

The Perl 6 Community.

Bronze sponsors

Perl services is the contracting company of Renée Bäcker, a CPAN author (RENEEB) since 2004.

Evozon is a software consultancy based in Cluj Napoca, Romania. They created and sponsor cluj.pm, who are hosting YAPC::EU this year.

Booking.com is a world leader in booking accomodations online. Each day, over 1,000,000 room nights are reserved on Booking.com.

Eligo is a UK-based recruitment agency that specialises in a number of areas, including software development. Their Perl recruiter is Rick Deller, who has presented at a number of Perl events around Europe.

Oetiker+Partner is a Swiss-based software consultancy that almost exclusively use open source software. Beyond their customer projects, they have open-sourced a number of their own projects.

CAPSiDE is a systems engineering company specialized in technological consulting and professional services, counting with expert engineers about high availability systems, networks and software developing.

Procura serves local government with ICT projects in the Netherlands.

Constructor.io provides autocomplete as a service, combining big data processing, machine learning, and a lightning-fast architecture to bring advanced autocomplete functionality to any site with a search bar.

Individual sponsors

We would also like to thank the following members of the Perl community, who made personal contributions. Thank you!

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