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Searching CPAN

by cleverett (Friar)
on Nov 12, 2003 at 10:14 UTC ( #306502=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: a Mozilla Firebird searchplugin for Perlmonks
in thread a Mozilla Firebird searchplugin for Perlmonks

Not that searching CPAN has any point to it: I have reason to believe that I'm a pretty fair hand at querying search engines like google, but searching CPAN feels, well, futile.

I get radically higher success rates asking (OK, begging) for pointers to a module on various online fora.

I think other Perlers most likely won't use whatever language I use to describe a problem, so I'm not going search on the keywords they use in their docs.

Not to mention that sometimes I don't know what I don't know, and a module implementing a technology to solve my problem might very well exist on CPAN and not knowing that a particular technology/technique exists makes it pretty hard to look for it on CPAN.

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