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Question on deprecated CPAN modules

by Anonymous Monk
on Mar 20, 2018 at 13:50 UTC ( #1211318=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi everyday,

If a CPAN module is deprecated, should we use it?

I started to use Mail::Sender recently after it was suggested to me here but I saw on http://search.cpan.org/~capoeirab/Mail-Sender-0.903/lib/Mail/Sender.pm that it's deprecated.

Please share your thoughts.

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Re: Question on deprecated CPAN modules
by toolic (Bishop) on Mar 20, 2018 at 14:06 UTC
    The module author did not give a specific reason as to why Mail::Sender is deprecated. You should contact the author for further information.

    However, the author recommends using Email::Sender instead. In general, when I see that something is deprecated, I consider it a warning that the code will no longer be supported. Maybe that means bugs will not be fixed or new features will not be added. You should consider using another module, especially for your new code.

Re: Question on deprecated CPAN modules
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Mar 20, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
    "...share your thoughts."

    Last release was in 2014. I guess the author doesn't have neither the time nor the inclination to maintain it. Or something like this - who knows. Ask him if you have any doubt ;-)

    Update: Fixed wrong claim. See Re^2: Question on deprecated CPAN modules.

    Best regards, Karl

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      The latest release of Mail::Sender (0.903) was Nov 17, 2016, not 2014.

        That's right. I confused it with "Other Releases". Thanks.

        Best regards, Karl

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