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Playing with Ohloh

by on Sep.04, 2008, under Linux, Perl, Programming

I’ve been having a quick play with Ohloh, and it seems pretty good. It’s “a website which provides a web services suite and online community platform that aims to map the landscape of open source software development.”

I figured it was worth getting my Perl modules listed, if only to boost the amount of Perl code listed there – I don’t think enough people sing Perl’s praises as they’re busy doing real work with it, so it appears to some to be going “the way of the dinosaurs”.

Ohloh seems impressive so far, with features to hook in to your source control system (Subversion in my case) to see contributors, change history etc. The only drawback is that it does not like re-organisation of the repo, and I re-organised mine to get all the code I’m willing to publically expose under a certain path in the repo, so I can point svnserve at that path, whilst some other code sits at another level. This means that, as far as Ohloh can see, there’s only ever been one commit to my projects. It’s a known problem (according to this forum post).

So far I’ve added SMS::AQL and HTML::Table::FromDatabase – other projects to follow.


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