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Re: Re: CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags

by shenme (Priest)
on Jul 28, 2003 at 16:07 UTC ( #278474=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags
in thread CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags

The module shows signs of maintenance, ie a release history ...

I really like to check a module's changelog looking particularly for this:

  • evidence that input from others has helped improve the quality and/or feature set of the module
I see this as a direct reflection that:
  • people are using the module and pleased enough to want to improve it
  • the module author cares enough about the module to respond well (even to ego bumps)
  • the module is evolving into a better implementation under the best testing - use in the real world
In the absence of a maillist archive for the module the changelog is a view into how well the module/author/user has succeeded in the real world. This helps me feel good about how well it will succeed in my world.
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Re: Re: Re: CPAN Module Evaluation Red-Flags
by greenFox (Vicar) on Jul 29, 2003 at 02:09 UTC
    Good points ++ I would also see these as evidence of my third point that the module has an active support community- I am looking to see that the module will get supported no matter what.

    Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. -Basho

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