in reply to Reasons for looking at your favourite module's source
The code of most of the standard modules was originally written for Perl 5.0, possibly before that.
That's certainly not true. The uncompressed sources of 5.0
are approx. 5 Mb. 5.8.0 clocks in at over 53 Mb, which is
almost a doubling of 5.6.1 (less than 28 Mb). The increase
is size between 5.8.0 and 5.8.1-RC4 is about 5 Mb, the size
of the 5.0 distribution.
Sure, not everything
in the distribution is modules, but it does show the explosion
of modules in the standard distribution.