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Re: how did this module get into CPAN ?!

by Joost (Canon)
on Jul 21, 2008 at 08:44 UTC ( #698995=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to how did this module get into CPAN ?!

1. Your code doesn't do even half of what Getopt::Std does. And it silently swallows trailing arguments off of @ARGV.

2. The getopt::std code is old, and contains some constructs that are frowned on today (setting the $opt_X variables is ugly - Getopt::Long does it better IMHO), but it's not large at all, perfectly readable, well documented, tested and debugged for 15 years.

3. That code is in the perl standard distribution, not just CPAN. If that scares you, take a look at the source for CGI. The standard distribution is not always the best place to look for "clean" code, but what it does contain can be reasonably assumed to be working correctly.

4. Anyone can put code on CPAN. There is no quality barrier to entry. There isn't even any guarantee the code is safe to run. See Acme::Code::Police.

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