CatalystX::Starter - bootstrap a CPAN-able Catalyst component


Like module-starter, but sane:

  $ catalystx-starter 'Module::Name'
  $ cd Module-Name
  $ git init
  $ mv gitignore .gitignore
  $ git add .gitignore *
  $ git ci -m 'Start my component'

Then edit Changes and README to taste

  $ mg README
  $ mg Changes
  $ git ci -a -m 'update Changes and README'

Then you're ready to work:

  $ make test
  All tests successful.

  $ prove --lib t/author # don't want users running these
  All tests successful.


Recently, I've stopped using Module::Starter, because it generates way too much boilerplate and not enough of stuff I actually need. I find it easier to just start with nothing and manually write what I need.

CatalystX::Starter automates this minimalism for me. It will create everything you need to start developing a Catalyst component or plugin, but won't create useless crap that you just have to delete.

Here's what you get:


A live app that can be run from tests (including t/live-test.t). It also comes with the and, so you can try our your TestApp from the command line. Yay for never having to write this again.

So far, I've wasted more than an hour of my life typing this exact TestApp code in again and again. Now it's automatic. FINALLY.


Module::Install-based Makefile.PL with build_requires set up to run the default tests.


Save yourself the effort of setting up a .gitignore. You can of course import this as svn:ignore or .cvsignore. I use git, so that's what you get by default.

Note that you have to rename this yourself, because I want git to track it, not treat it as an ignore file.


A useful MANIFEST.SKIP that ignores stuff that make leaves lying around, and my .git directory.

Changes / README

No text in here. Change it to what you want it to look like.


Almost nothing:

   package Your::Module;
   use strict;
   use warnings;


Write the POD yourself. You're smart enough to remember that the sequence is NAME, SYNOPSIS, DESCRIPTION, METHODS, BUGS, AUTHOR, COPYRIGHT. If not... now you are :)

That's about it. Enjoy.

SEE ALSO, for creating Catalyst applications.

Module::Starter, if you like deleting code more than writing it.


Jonathan Rockway <>.


I don't assert any copyright over the generated files. This module itself is copyright (c) 2007 Jonathan Rockway and is licensed under the same terms as Perl itself.