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Re: metacpan link shortcut?

by jgamble (Pilgrim)
on Nov 07, 2011 at 20:40 UTC ( #936575=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to metacpan link shortcut?

I'm really not thrilled with the idea of one of my tools being superseded by an alternate mechanism. MetaCPAN search should have its own keyword. Who's to say that CPAN's search mechanism will remain the same in the future?


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Re^2: metacpan link shortcut?
by jdporter (Canon) on Nov 08, 2011 at 19:10 UTC

    Well, one of the fundamental points of having a shortcutting mechanism (like [cpan://Fisher-Yates]) is to let the user specify a search of arbitrary exactness without worrying about the implementation. If you know exactly which module or dist you want, you should be using the [mod:// ] or [dist:// ] shortcut instead. And if you want maximal determinism in the links you post, just use the exact URL.

    Indeed, we've switched the implementation of [doc:// ] once or twice over the years as the "canonical" website changed. Existing links should still work pretty much as intended. And for the few old ones that do break — well, them's the breaks. I think we do a reasonable amount of due diligence to not excessively break old nodes, but really there are no guarantees.

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

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