|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Module Bloat and the Best Solutionby KurtSchwind (Chaplain)
|on Nov 08, 2007 at 20:23 UTC||Need Help??|
Forgive my 'newness' but I noticed a tendency to go with a module even if it isn't "core" than it is to go without. I noticed this thread, for example. Both examples are 2 lines. Yet solution that uses a module had (at the time I last checked) more votes than the core solution that didn't use a module at all. Is it really that much easier to read the 2nd solution?
This got me to thinking. So why are we pushing the use of modules so much? And when is it better to go with core instead of downloading a module? When does requiring a module for your solution begin to make sense over a solution that doesn't require a module? Under what criteria should the use of a module be suggested? (emphasis added at update).
In general, I try to stay clear of solutions that require a module that the user isn't likely to have by default, even at the expense of some possibly more elegant solution. What do you all think?
I guess my brain won't accept a blind statement that everytime I'm coding in perl I should be scanning CPAN to see if something has already been done. There has to be some general guideline to follow to best know when to hit the CPAN archive.
I used to drive a Heisenbergmobile, but every time I looked at the speedometer, I got lost.