CPAN is both bad and good. For example, how many XML parsing modules are there? Do you know which ones are best? Fastest?
I personally love the CPAN (name another langauge that can give you Lord of the Rings dates like Date::Tolkien::Shire can or comes with a built-in Enigma machine like Crypt::Enigma can provide). But sometimes there are too many choices, and lots of cruft to wade through.
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