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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Python CPAN = CheeseShop + EasyInstall:

    http://cheeseshop.python.org/ [python.org] - a repository of links and downloads for Python projects

    http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/EasyInstall [telecommunity.com] - a simple package manager for automatic find/download/build/dependency resolution. For example, running "easy_install SQLObject" will search the Cheese Shop for the "SQLObject" object-relational mapping package, then download and build it for you, along with any dependencies it needs.

    Both the Cheese Shop and EasyInstall are fairly new, and EasyInstall's certainly got a good way to go before it offers all of the comforts of CPAN or Gems. But there's already no need to manually download and build most Python packages, and EasyInstall can scan web pages for links to Python-built Windows installers, source tarballs, and its own "egg" (zip-based) binary format, as well as deal with Subversion URLs and Sourceforge mirrors. (Many packages can in fact be installed and run in zipped form without ever extracting the files to disk, using less space and speeding up imports.)