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Friday May 30, 2003
09:15 PM

10 useful modules you might not have used recently

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  1. XML::Twig: Perlish way to parse XML, twig_handlers make it easy to process XML as records.
  2. Email::Valid: The easy way to check an email address.
  3. Data::FormValidator: Quick and simple way to validate a set of paramaters in a CGI.
  4. Time::Piece::MySQL: Adds handy MySQL specific functions to the ever-so-handy Time::Piece
  5. Text::ParseWords: When you have to split a string and worry about quotes.
  6. Mail::Sendmail: Because it's a mail sending module that I can remember the interface to.
  7. Proc::PID_File: The lazy way to find out if you're already running.
  8. HTML::TagFilter: Sanatize HTML, keeping only "safe" tags.
  9. Data::Page: Say goodbye to those embarassing off-by-one errors.
  10. Clone: Make a deep clone of a variable or add a clone method to your class.
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  • I almost always find out about a module or two I didn't know about. I don't do much web work, mostly automation/background processing stuff, and that Proc::PID_File would make a much simpler replacement for some of the "Am I already running" stuff I've written. At least what I've written is better than the "grep the output of ps -ef for $0" stuff that I've seen :-) It might be useful though, to allow sending in the pid of a parent process, so that already deployed shell scripts can pass in their pids to a