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Re: CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags

by Corion (Pope)
on Jul 28, 2003 at 08:23 UTC ( #278365=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags

In addition to the tests above mentioned by demerphq and adrianh, I also look at the following criteria :

  1. Synopsis: Does the module have a good, concise synopsis? Does the code work/compile? Is the synopsis code too long?
  2. Author: Does the author have a history of modules? Has the author a history of coming up with modules, releasing them (with much hype) and then abandoning them half-cooked? (I accuse some super-stars of this)
  3. Prior art / existing wheels: Does the author reference and discuss similar modules? Are the differences mentioned? Are the reasons for reinventing the wheel mentioned?
  4. Binaries / cross-platform: As I develop under three platforms (Win32, Linux, Solaris), I'm interested in whether there is a pure Perl version available, as this means a simple fallback solution in case compilation fails. Did the author cater for platform idiosyncrasies? Does the author care for other platforms?
  5. Bug reporting: Does the author mention a preferred way of bug reporting? Does the author use/know RT?

perl -MHTTP::Daemon -MHTTP::Response -MLWP::Simple -e ' ; # The $d = new HTTP::Daemon and fork and getprint $d->url and exit;#spider ($c = $d->accept())->get_request(); $c->send_response( new #in the HTTP::Response(200,$_,$_,qq(Just another Perl hacker\n))); ' # web

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Re: Re: CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 28, 2003 at 18:16 UTC

    Great points :). In particular I think an author's history of maintaining his or her modules is a huge point. Do you really want to have to take on maintenance of a module if they stop? It's something well worth considering.

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