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cpan statistics

by jeteve (Pilgrim)
on Aug 26, 2005 at 10:09 UTC ( #486832=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hi holly monks.

After a quick search on the web, I didn't found any site that gives statistic on most popular perl modules on CPAN. The CPAN FAQ says that such statistic would be irrelevant because of the many mirrors used worldwide.

I think that it would be nice to know about most popular Modules. It could help to identify most potentially supported modules and ease integration of these modules and our deeply loved language in companys.

Even if the statistic is made only from the main CPAN mirror, that should be interesting.

What is your opinion about this ?


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Re: cpan statistics
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Aug 26, 2005 at 10:25 UTC
Re: cpan statistics
by Tanktalus (Canon) on Aug 26, 2005 at 14:12 UTC

    Of course, the problem here is that each module gets one vote per download, regardless of actual usage. For example, I've installed dozens of modules merely as an excersise to help someone on perlmonks, never to use them again. Other modules are used on a day-to-day basis. Which one counts more in automatic statistics? Neither. Which one should?

    Statistics are fine. As long as you understand what they're telling you. And that is extremely difficult to do, even for trained staticians.

      Add one more thing: this type of statistics would not be fair to those modules bundled with ActiveState etc. Less people will download those modules, but they were bundled as they were perceived to be useful.

Re: cpan statistics
by domm (Chaplain) on Aug 27, 2005 at 19:25 UTC
    CPANTS might provide some interesting data, but it's currently down for maintance/rewrite. But there will be a grand re-opening at next weeks YAPC::Europe.
    -- #!/usr/bin/perl for(ref bless{},just'another'perl'hacker){s-:+-$"-g&&print$_.$/}

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