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Re: The CPAN Morass
Feel free to make your own index of recommended modules or whatever, with whatever metadata your heart desires. Just don't try to ram it down the throats of everyone else: make it available, don't try to make it mandatory.
From: Boyd Duffee
To: David Nicol
Subject: Re: The CPAN Morass
Sent: Dec 1, 2011 5:25 PM
David Nicol wrote:
> I would like to nominate Linda W. for receipt of a full refund of her
> CPAN subscription fees.
Now, now, behave. :) Linda has a valid viewpoint. In the past, I myself
have spent too much time trying to figure out which of the plethora of
Mail modules I should be using. (They surely must procreate via genetic
While I shy away from ditching archived code (being in contention for
Author of the Least Used Module in CPAN), I agree that there is no
analogue to browsing in the library where I can tell at a glance if this
potential object of my affections is shiny new or old and tatty. Yes,
people are erecting the shop fronts for great code and communities, but
on principle, we shouldn't be bulldozing forgotten modules. The Rough
Guide to CPAN highlights the attractions and makes it easy to navigate.
Sure CPAN is great, but it could be even better and that takes work.
Boyd Duffee Keele University
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