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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • book of all the most frequently annoying questions and criticism of the CPAN and post it somewhere...not that it would ever get read, but at least I'd have cut and paste.

    Nobody ever asks why there are 15 different mustards to choose from in the grocery, so I'm never quite sure why people get fussy about the selection on CPAN unless a) they have a module that fits in a namespace they want but is already taken or b) think everyone elses' module is shite save for theirs. It's a free archive...pick and choose at will. Caveat Emptor. Variety is the spice of life.

    With regards to the trainers who complain that the newbies can't figure out the variety....I've said this so many times you'd think maybe it'd catch on by now. Maybe they're too busy listening to the sound of their own voices. The trainers or, really, anyone who gives a fuck can make their own 'recommended' bundle which would give newbies and fanboys a grouping of modules that have the seal of approval of someone they trust. It's simple. It's easy. And most importantlyy, it doesn't force the assholey stance after all these years of 'there can be only one'.

    • "Nobody ever asks why there are 15 different mustards to choose from in the grocery..."

      Agreed. That's why I'm going to take a cue from Shin Honda [cpan.org] and release File::STat, File::STAT, File::staT, and File::StaT tomorrow!

      Because, hey, variety is the spice of life.

    • If you had watched the video, you'd have perhaps gotten my point.

      If you offer people 24 mustards to try from, lots of people will come and look, but not many will buy.

      If you offer people 6 mustards to try from, fewer people will come and look, but MORE people will buy.

      That is the critical point here.

      Where I'm curious about is IF this applies to CPAN modules.

      I'm not complaining that it does.

      I don't know anyone left related to CPAN, me included, that honestly thinks that only having one choice for a single to
    • I should expose a few things up front. I run Perl Training Australia [perltraining.com.au], and my full-time job for the last five years has been teaching people how to use Perl. I've got a good idea what newcomers to the language like, and what they don't like.

      They don't like the CPAN. They absolutely adore it. One of the best parts of running an introductory course is letting our students play with the CPAN. It's very rare for a student not to find a module that directly helps them with their day-to-day work, with the