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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The difficulty of deploying Perl projects with CPAN dependencies is a real problem. It's not technically a language problem, but a cultural one.

    (PAR even seems like it could help a fair bit with this).

    Culturally, we tend to say "Oh, and install this slew of modules from CPAN".

    If instead we said "just unpack it and visit install.cgi", then we'd have more users of Perl projects.

    I like that a number of PHP projects work this way. It's not a technical benefit of PHP that this trend exists, it's a different culture.

        Mark
    • I like that a number of PHP projects work this way.

      I haven't installed a PHP application in several years. Does this installation approach run automated tests? (Do these applications have automated tests? Given the customization possibilities of php.ini let alone self-compiled PHP, there are plenty of things to go wrong.)

    • The difficulty of deploying Perl projects with CPAN dependencies is a real problem. It's not technically a language problem, but a cultural one.

      Perhaps, but in my experience it's a solved problem. The team I work with develops and maintains a large Perl code base on Debian. We deploy our code using packages which in turn specify dependencies on packages for CPAN modules. In the event that we need a module that's not already in Debian or we need a later version, we build our own and put it in our repo

    • Bingo! Give that man a gold star!

      Installing perl applications *sucks* even for those of us familiar with perl and how perl people expect us to work with their code. For yer average sysadmin, trying to install a typical perl application is a nightmare. I'm afraid that the perl community's rampant code re-use and insistence both on never re-inventing wheels and also on not bundling other peoples' code hurts us a lot here.

      Yer average python application, on the other hand (let's pick the only one I use w

    • Not sure but would a bundle distribution help these kind of CPAN dependencies issues?

      http://search.cpan.org/~adamk/Module-Install-0.65/lib/Module/Install/Bundle.pm [cpan.org]