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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • With webapps, the site maintainer has to be bothered to add every new thing. Further, the overhead to setting-up a local copy of a webapp often involves install and setup of a particular database, web server, etc. Webapps (by nature) don't need to be easily deployed onto a wide variety of systems, so setup usually kills any ambition of trying to add "one simple idea" to a thing -- even if you have the source code.

    What if you could download and install a CPAN search+install application on your computer in a couple of minutes and immediately start writing a plugin for it? What if that plugin could access data from a variety of web APIs? (Useful for e.g. a server which has already done a batch run of indexing (search) or extracting information (CPANTS, cpan-testers).) What if you could package and ship that plugin just like any other module on CPAN?

    How else are we going to get one-stop shopping without intense centralization? You have to be able to make your own stop.