From the title I thought I was going to read a node about the absurd growth of the Perl Standard Library. The smile slid from my face when I realized this is actually a node about not preaching the power of CPAN every day.
CPAN is what makes Perl worth using, plain and simple. If it weren't for CPAN, why not use Ruby or Python? Why not Guile or TCL? Sure, Perl is a nice language but there are lots of nice languages. But just try programming in one of them someday and the thing you'll miss first and last is the power and depth of CPAN.
Beginners should be taught to look for solutions on CPAN as soon as they learn to use modules. In my opinion Perl should come with just a handful of modules and CPAN.pm.
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