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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Saturday November 12, 2005
04:22 PM

The CPAN Dialectic

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You reinvent the wheel because you don't think about the CPAN
You search the CPAN frantically for the Lingua::Uygher::Koan::Autogenerator module because you assume it's on the CPAN
You reinvent the wheel because you assume it's not on the CPAN

On a not entirely unrelated side note: I almost rewrote Hash::Merge this morning.

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  • I know precisely what you mean. In fact, I find my self now scouring ideas for things that are not on the CPAN so I can write them; and then sometimes I just forget to check and assume that it's not there because it's such an "out there" idea.

    For example, I almost wrote Test::LectroTest yesterday.
  • I believe H::M is probably one of the most often almost-rewritten modules on the CPAN. I have nearly rewritten it more than once. A coworker recently asked, "should I release this hash-merging function I just wrote?" Now you. I think we're just the tip of an iceberg.