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Just a simple [cpan.org] guy, hacking Perl for fun and profit since way back in the last millenium. You may find me hanging around in the monestary [perlmonks.org].

What am I working on right now? Probably the Sprog project [sourceforge.net].

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Thursday August 23, 2007
04:41 AM

Thank You Graham Barr

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For many people, search.cpan.org is CPAN. It is very easy to take it for granted. It's always there and it just works. It allows us to find modules, read their documentation, track version histories and even just plain read the source - with ease. Through links to other sites in the perl.org stable, it also allows us to easily check test results for a distribution, report and review bugs and patches, share ratings and reviews, annotate the documentation and all the other things I've forgotten.

I was reminded of the awesome coolness of search.cpan.org as I was wading through RubyForge for a project I'm currently working on. The contrast was stark. And it's not that RubyForge is terrible, in fact it does a reasonable job. But it's not awesomely cool.

Thanks Graham and everyone else involved

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  • "I was reminded of the awesome coolness of search.cpan.org as I was wading through RubyForge for a project I'm currently working on. The contrast was stark. And it's not that RubyForge is terrible, in fact it does a reasonable job. But it's not awesomely cool."

    To paraphrase samtregar, RubyForge is a collaborative development environment, CPAN is a search engine (with extra goodies). A closer analogue would be the RAA, which does suck compared to CPAN. Someday I'm going to rewrite that puppy. The RAA I mea

  • Anyway, I brought up the possibility of a PerlForge [perl.org] a long time ago, but it didn't receive a warm response.

    I like the idea. There are some times when I make a Perl application, but it's not really something like a library that other people could use, so I just don't put it on CPAN. And somehow putting it on Sourceforge seems like overkill or somehow not appropriate.

    • «There are some times when I make a Perl application, but it's not really something like a library that other people could use, so I just don't put it on CPAN.»

      I used to think that too but have changed my mind. The App:: hierarchy in CPAN is a good place for this sort of thing. I find my application is generally a short wrapper script and the real logic is in one or more modules. They're not necessarily generic reusable libraries but organising things that way is great for regression test

  • Speaking of search.cpan :) I've wanted to add some features to search.cpan for a while (proper Unicode support, proper location of .pod files with shadowing .pm files), but I can't find the source anywhere. Can someone point me in the right direction?