I ran into the Linux Mag with the article about
WWW:Mechanize. It finally got me interested in Perl
(had been using PHP on some stuff). Coming from a VB,
Java, C++ and C# background it took me a while to get
used to the sigils. lol. Been playing with it for a
couple of weeks now. I had been looking for a tool
like WWW::Mechanize for a long time. Any plans to
expand on this module?
... # many questions about WWW::Mechanize
I wanted to let you know that your ideas/code had
brought another person into the Perl fold.
I was chatting w/Uri the other day and he said, roughly, "No knock on you or Mechanize, but I don't understand its popularity. It really doesn't do that much." He's right, of course. It's basically a wrapper around LWP::UserAgent, HTML::Parser and HTML::Form.
So why is it so popular? Is it just that people talk about it? It fits a niche need that people need and makes it accessible? It's not even anything I've done so much. All I did was fork it from WWW::Automate, fix some bugs, and talk about it.
Is discussion the key? Is it a social thing? Is talking about the tools we write what it takes?
And how cool is it that a given module sells Perl as a language? Who would have thought of WWW::Mechanize as a killer app?