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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I think it has to do with closeness.

    People don't care in general about things they can't use directly. They do care about the things they use directly.

    Case in point: PPI vs perlcritic

    PPI is a generalised parsing module for Perl, perlcritic makes the actual judgement calls and provides the actual interface to users.

    I think it would be a pretty fair call to say there's FAR more interest and excitement and debate about perlcritic than about PPI.

    As a tool/component, PPI has a potential worldwide direct userbase of maybe 100 people :)

    I'm sure there's a lot of perlcritic users that know at some level PPI is providing a lot of the heavy lifting, but really don't care about it that much.

    And this is as it should be.

    I'm hoping that this year we'll start to see CPAN bridging the gap a lot more between components and applications. We're already seeing that start to happen, but I think we're really starting to hit critical mass where there's "enough" modules written and the barrier for people to write useful and exciting applications has been lowered sufficiently that we'll start to see some of them really shine.