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The CPAN “Once a Week, Every Week” Contest

In a blog entry, Mark Fowler resolved to release a Perl distribution to the CPAN each and every week. I decided to take him up on his challenge, and created this website to track our progress. It’s fairly obvious I’m a coder, not a graphic designer. Don’t complain about the design, fork it on GitHub and improve it! Pull requests welcome.

If you have a PAUSE ID, then you’re entered in the contest. All you have to do is upload a distribution to CPAN every week, and don’t skip any weeks. It can be a new module, or just a new version of an existing module. What’s the prize? The satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to make the CPAN the greatest collection of open-source code on the planet.

This page shows the top 10 chains in all categories. Click on the headings to see the full lists.

Longest Chains in the Contest

Rank Author Chain Started Weeks Active
1 CJM Jan 1, 2012 186 * 99%
2 FREW Feb 12, 2012 180 * 97%
3 ETHER Mar 4, 2012 178 * 96%
4 BARBIE Mar 25, 2012 165 91%
5 TOBYINK Apr 15, 2012 133 79%
6 BOOK Apr 29, 2012 129 89%
7 BINGOS Jun 17, 2012 125 95%
8 RJBS Jun 9, 2013 112 * 99%
9 KENTNL Feb 3, 2013 93 78%
10 TOKUHIROM May 27, 2012 80 80%

* indicates that the chain is not yet broken

Longest Chains Still under Construction

Rank Author Chain Started Weeks Active
1 CJM Jan 1, 2012 186 99%
2 FREW Feb 12, 2012 180 97%
3 ETHER Mar 4, 2012 178 96%
4 RJBS Jun 9, 2013 112 99%
5 PERLANCAR Aug 24, 2014 49 26%
6 MANWAR Sep 7, 2014 47 37%
7 IVANWILLS Oct 19, 2014 41 45%
8 LEONT Jan 11, 2015 28 88%
9 MGV Jan 25, 2015 26 45%
10 BOOK Apr 12, 2015 15 89%

Longest Chains of All Time

The contest began January 1, 2012,
but CPAN began on August 16, 1995.
These authors didn’t even know they were competing.

Rank Author Chain Started Weeks Active
1 CJM Jan 1, 2012 186 * 24%
2 FREW Feb 12, 2012 180 * 24%
3 ETHER Mar 4, 2012 178 * 18%
4 BARBIE Mar 25, 2012 165 30%
5 TOBYINK Apr 15, 2012 133 22%
6 BOOK Apr 29, 2012 129 36%
7 BINGOS Jun 17, 2012 125 48%
8 RJBS Aug 24, 2008 122 51%
9 RJBS Jun 9, 2013 112 * 51%
10 KENTNL Feb 3, 2013 93 20%

* indicates that the chain is not yet broken

Contact me at onceaweek@cjmweb.net