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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • In the same frame of mind, there's an idea I've been toying with for some time... It's not rare to have the music instruments used by a band listed in a CD booklet. As programmers aren't that different from rock stars, it'd be nifty to be able to do the same thing. I mean, if Nick Krachmeister can say that he's playing exclusively Howling Kitty Stratocasters then, by Joves, I should be able to say that I use XML::LibXML to craft my masterpieces! :-)

    The implementation could be as simple as putting a file called, say, 'module.recommendations' in your CPAN directory listing all the modules you use and recommend (also maybe modules you tried and will never touch again without a EVA-suit). Something like:

    XML::LibXML
    Catalyst
    -Something::God::Awful # stay clear, it'll frob your noggle!

    After that, you put a little spider to work and, hop!, you get an idea of what other peeps are using to get the job done. That could lead to educating results.

    • That idea has been tossed around for years. The JFDI suggestion was for people to upload personal bundles (ie. you’d stick Bundle::YANICK in your CPAN directory). You don’t need a lot of new machinery to accommodate that. But we’d probably need a web interface or something to make managing that bundle very easy before people will do it in significant numbers – or at the very least it would need to be widely advertised as a social convention among module authors.

      • Hmmm... yeah. I didn't think about it, but piggy-backing the Bundle:: mechanism isn't a bad idea at all. All that is needed after that is a back-end mechanism that harvests that information, and a snazzy web interface to display the results.

        Well, looks like there's one more cool project I have to throw at the top of the Holiday Hacking pile.:-)