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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Wednesday February 20, 2002
05:17 AM

CPAN Modules

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Wowsers, I just counted my CPAN modules, and I have 46 different distributions in my CPAN directory. I never knew I had uploaded so much [*]. Of course I can't take all the credit - a few of them are written by other people that I offered CPAN space before that person had a PAUSEID (mostly AxKit modules by Kip and Robin), but still, that's an awful lot of modules. I guess I should delete some that aren't really relevant any more, but I don't want to reduce my module count. Hey I have more modules than Dr Conway ;-)

[*] no, I know it's not a competition, and I have plenty of crap in there, I was just surprised when I did the count.

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  • Are these different distributions entirely, or multiple versions of the same distributions?
    • Heh, I have 46 distributions too (including different versions of the same things)! Whoa, a tie ...
    • Different distributions. Counting multiple versions is cheating ;-)
      • Pah.

        Well, I have well over 30, I think. Many of them are binary distributions of other people's modules, and some are MacPerl dists, Newton versions of the docs, utlities, etc. Maybe half are actual module distributions.
  • And anything else you might have done that's gone into the core?

    Time::Piece is my favorite, even though you're known for the XML stuff.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Time::Piece is not in the core. jhi decided not to include it.
      • Oops. Did I just expose the fact that I don't keep up? :)

        I knew Larry had pretty much decided not to include anything in the core so administrators would realize they are supposed to install modules. So I knew it would be going away eventually, anyway.

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • As pudge said, it's no longer in the core, which is a shame because it reduced most of the time/date FAQ's to just "see L<Time::Piece>" :-)

      I don't disagree with the decision though, and I got some free Jarkko hacking out of it :-) But I do think if we're going to exclude things from core then module installation needs to be a little easier for some people (and that's a route I'd rather go down than including gob loads of XML modules in core).