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Re: Section proposal: Best CPAN Modules

by jgamble (Pilgrim)
on Jul 27, 2006 at 16:14 UTC ( #564147=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Section proposal: Best CPAN Modules

I would deduce from your list that you do a lot of web/cgi programming. I tend to do a lot of conversion and database work myself, so:
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Re^2: Section proposal: Best CPAN Modules
by ptum (Priest) on Jul 27, 2006 at 16:18 UTC

    Heh. Yeah, you're right, although I do quite a bit of work with Oracle as well. But this underscores the fact that a single person can't really come up with a universal 'best' list of modules -- it is the kind of thing that one needs a community (like this one) to achieve.

      Given that every user has a personal favourite which might not apply to other users it seems logical that over time "all" modules would have to be included in the list.

      Because for any given module $foo there is almost certainly a user or two who believe that is the world's best module!

      For that reason above all I think that such a list wouldn't be as useful as you'd imagine:

      • 20,000 people will enter DBI.
      • 10,001 HTML::Template
      • 10,000 Template::Toolkit
      • and then 100 people each entering a distinct module!

      What I would suggest is twofold:

      1. Add a rating to the module review section and use that in preference to a new section.

      2. When you say you don't have time to keep up with CPAN that is reasonable (and common!) but I think it is almost mandatory to have a quick look when working with a new area.

      Taking you as an example you say you do mostly "databasey" things. I'd not expect you to look at every type of module available every day, but I would imagine that you would have a quick look if you wished to start workgin with say CVS code.

      Does that make sense? Having the "best module" cover some modules for working with CVS servers might stick in your mind, but I'm sure that people who know of CPAN and are working on a new area would be liable to search there first, even if they weren't sure of what was available.


        Hmmmm. You may be right, although I suspect there is more common ground than you suggest -- there are, after all, more than 10,000 modules on CPAN at current count. Suppose that every module that was proposed could be voted on by each monk. Over time, if monks cared enough to vote and the modules were shown in a ranked list, I ought to be able to tell which modules are 'Universal', which are 'Widely Useful', and which are 'Best in a particular niche'. Below those, as you say, would be the modules that were liked and used by a handful of people.

        I like the idea of adding a rating to the review section ... that might encourage better reviews (and more of them).

        No good deed goes unpunished. -- (attributed to) Oscar Wilde

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