There's a book I really want that apparently doesn't exist (yet). I wish someone could be persuaded to write it.
It could be called A Field Guide to CPAN, or maybe The Whole CPAN Catalog. Basically, I want to know more about what's available in CPAN, with an emphasis on the subset of modules that are the best/most useful, and I want to be able to learn that without needing to read an entire encyclopedia.
Ideally it would have little sidebars with commentary from some of my Perl heroes. Something I can browse through during the odd minute here and there, and also use as a reference when I want a quick take on the most-popular modules for a particular problem domain, before diving in for more-detailed research at CPAN proper.
I've heard that hfb is working on a CPAN book, and it seems possible that it might serve that purpose. It also seems possible that it will never actually be finished.
I've mentioned my desire to the good people at O'Reilly a few times, but they've apparently decided that given CPAN's kudzu-like nature, it would be impossible to keep such a book up-to-date.
So maybe it should be a Web-based resource, rather than a book. But darn it, I really want it, in whatever form. Just an extra layer of expert opinion, organized by problem domain, on what's worthwhile in CPAN. I'm tired of reinventing (rickety, square) wheels.
Sigh. I know the official answer to this: the information is out there already. I just need to commit some quality time browsing through the available CPAN structure and documentation. So yeah, I'll be doing that. I just wish there was a more efficient solution available.