in reply to How do you decide to use a module from CPAN or not?

I have a few criteria I use. In no particular order:

However, if the module fails any of these tests, my first impulse isn't (or at least shouldn't be) to shrug my shoulders and rewrite from scratch. Instead, if the fundamental design of the module is good, and it merely suffers from some missing features, testing gaps, or bad documentation, the best alternative is to spend at least an hour trying to fix the problem yourself, then send the patch to the author. (Much of this is situationally dependent-- if the project is due in 45 minutes... well then I've already messed up.)

I won't claim to have followed this philosophy completely in the past, since to be honest I hadn't thought about it much. I will follow it in the future, though. :)

stephen

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