I'm planning two new CPAN modules if you folks agree they're OK things to do.
Someone got excited when I mentioned and posted some WPAD code on a forum a week or two ago, so it may be worthwhile to post it as a module. The second name should probably be WPAD, but what category does it belong in? HTTP::WPAD? IP::WPAD? Proxy::WPAD? Module::WPAD?
For reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Proxy_Autodiscovery_Protocol
The other module would wrap or subclass (or one of them modern programming words) LWP::UserAgent with everything we can think of to automatically handle proxies. The target use would be module makers who want to get things from the Internet, but who can't know users' environments and don't want to burden their users with setup details.
Included would be
* environment variables
* the WPAD module above
* HTTP::ProxyPAC (newly improved)
* MSIE proxy info, as in LWP::UserAgent::ProxyAny (either use or borrow from that module)
* searching for browser .pac files
* a shell user/password dialog (which someone like Gisle Aas put in a sample app but has not been much used)
It could also include, if someone can help with them:
* Windows dialog box
* Mac OS X dialog box
* X11 dialog box
Please reply with your ideas, and also alternatives to the working name LWP::UA::AutoProxy.Thanks,
Feel free to move this from SOPW to whatever category is more appropriate.