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Re: "Vanity Tagging" on CPAN?

by graff (Chancellor)
on Sep 16, 2004 at 12:55 UTC ( #391428=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to "Vanity Tagging" on CPAN?

I'd like to second Pragma's point, and add a few thoughts to that:

If your hypothetical module is going to be fundamentally different from Net::IRC -- meaning that people would use your module as a replacement rather than as an extension for Net::IRC -- maybe you'd want to think about identifying some feature that might stand out as unique to your version, and find some way to boil that down so it fits into the module name -- e.g. Net::LogIRC, if you worked hard on logging, or Net::UniIRC, if a main goal is to include support for typing/displaying unicode text. At worst, you could try "Net::YAIRC" (before someone else uses this name). But using "BUU" in any way would be a mistake, I think.

On the other hand, if your creative impulse can be channeled into building a module that extends Net::IRC, then your module name is easier to make up: Net::IRC::Extrafeature (whatever the primary "Extrafeature" may be). Doing it this way has some advantages for all concerned:

  • The module parts that have to do with "infrastructure" (protocols, security, basic efficiency) will receive more effective peer review, and will tend to be maintained and upgraded more reliably, if they exist in a single "reference" module that everyone starts with (Net::IRC).
  • The parts that you're adding to scratch your particular itch will be easier to write and maintain, because you don't have to worry about the infrastructure.
  • Things will appear (and actually be) easier, more meaningful and more sensible for CPAN users. If I needed to write my own special IRC app, I'd prefer looking for a single "base" module and browsing through extensions for it, rather than having to compare a bunch of different base modules.

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Re^2: "Vanity Tagging" on CPAN?
by eric256 (Parson) on Sep 17, 2004 at 04:50 UTC

    On the other hand, if your creative impulse can be channeled into building a module that extends Net::IRC, then your module name is easier to make up: Net::IRC::Extrafeature (whatever the primary "Extrafeature" may be). Doing it this way has some advantages for all concerned:

    This would be nice....in a perfect world. The problem is that some modules need completely or mostly complete rewrites. I have a similar problem right now with Net::MSN, i've worked with a community and we have spent a lot of time rebuilding the whole interface. It works, but where do we put it? It's not a just a patch to the original Net::MSN, its a completely different module with the same goal. I doubt there is a perfect answer, but "build off the current one" often isn't an option. Any best of luck BUU and if you have stroke of genious let us know :) Ohh for the record I don't think adding your name to the module is a solution, it just confuses the name space on cpan.


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