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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • > Using this in our code base shows 315 modules as loaded. Yikes!

    Think of all that functionality you didn't have to write, and how much useful functionality you can focus on because you're using these 315 modules. It's a plus, not a minus!

    If you're looking for a more useful way to present this information, you might want to whip up some CPAN cross-indexing magic to roll up the different class versions into distributions -- for instance, both File::Spec and File::Spec::Unix may be from the File::Spec

    • The 315 modules is a plus if you can control the environment. If you have a large package that you want to distribute, the more dependencies you have, the more problems you have in making something easy to install. Witness the Bricolage package. Many folks have had a heck of a time trying to install it because of all of those dependencies. Plus, when some dependencies aren't even from the CPAN, the problem becomes even worse.