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I remain unconvinced. For pure Perl modules on CPAN I have had good luck under Windows just downloading, untarring, and then copying them manually. Other than the need to find something that will handle .tar.gz files on Windows, I don't see what is gained by having such modules on PerlMonks.

As for the examples that you give, your routines make perfect sense if you are working in a language like VB with poor string handling capability. But in Perl I, and I think most experienced Perl developers, find it much easier and more reasonable to just inline the regular expressions in question where needed.

A better example might be something like:

# Runs a system command with basic error handling. sub run_system { if ($verbose) { my ($cmd, @args) = @_; print "Running '$cmd'\n"; if (@args) { print " with arguments '@args'\n"; } } if (system(@_)) { my $cmd = shift; my $arg_msg = ""; if (@_) { $arg_msg = " with args ['@_']"; } confess("Running '$cmd'$arg_msg failed on return code ($?)\n"); } }
But how many truly useful ones are there? The fact is that the built-ins in Perl combined with its flexibility make a lot of the basic utility functions you might write in a different language (VB, C, etc) pretty much useless. I cannot think of enough for me to want a new section. Instead I think that they belong in Snippets. True, that needs improvement (eg making it searchable). Perhaps it should have categories, etc. But I think that it is the right place for this.

In reply to Still unconvinced, sorry by tilly
in thread New sections and move one by aquacade

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