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Re: Favourite modules April 2003

by PodMaster (Abbot)
on Apr 15, 2003 at 11:16 UTC ( #250534=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Favourite modules April 2003

I too am leaving out modules I maintain (btw I contribute on a lot of my faves )...
  1. Wx -- aaaaaw yeah!!!!!!!
  2. ExtUtils::Installed -- I use this a LOT
  3. PPM::Make -- this one as well
  4. ExtUtils::ParseXS -- this should be core (this is how xsubpp should be done)
  5. CGI::Wiki::Simple -- not bad, could be better ;)
  6. File::Spec -- portability, damn I like it
  7. Regexp::Common -- beginning to like it a lot
  8. Mail::Box -- it's getting better
  9. Audio::Beep -- fun ;D
  10. Module::Dependency::Grapher -- also fun
  11. CGI::Application -- I still love it ;)
  12. DB_File and/or BerkeleyDB -- and these, but you knew that ;D
There are a couple of others that could be on my list, but are currently unfinished, so they are not (CPANPLUS for example, or Test::Smoke).

MJD says you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!
I run a Win32 PPM repository for perl 5.6x+5.8x. I take requests.
** The Third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

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Re: Re: Favourite modules April 2003
by barbie (Deacon) on Jun 03, 2003 at 12:30 UTC
    File::Spec -- portability, damn I like it

    Except when it makes your life hell due to incompatability with other modules, as you have to regex everything into Unix style to get modules like File::Basename to work with it. Or try using with a file upload from an OS that isn't the same as the server. As a consequence I now avoid it like the plague.

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      Could you add some more information about the incompatabillity prolem? I thought File::Spec was the way to go and I use it in one of my projects.
      The trouble you seem to be having is because you haven't read the fileparse_set_fstype portion of the File::Basename docs. Anyway, I know its been a year since you wrote this, but I finally wrote fileparse (just for completeness) and thought I'd share.
      sub File::Spec::dirname { my $self = shift; return $self->catpath( ( $self->splitpath(shift) )[ 0, 1 ] ); } sub File::Spec::basename { my $self = shift; my $name = shift; return ($self->fileparse($name, map("\Q$_\E",@_)))[0]; } sub File::Spec::fileparse { my $self = shift; my( $suffix, $path, $name ) = $self->splitpath(shift); $path = $self->catpath( $suffix, $path, '' ); for my $s(@_){ $self =~ s/($s)$//i and last; } $suffix = $1 ? $1 : undef; wantarray ? ( $name, $path, $suffix ) : $name; }
      Check out file.spec.basename.txt to test the above with the File::Basename test suite.

      MJD says "you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!"
      I run a Win32 PPM repository for perl 5.6.x and 5.8.x -- I take requests (README).
      ** The third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

      Maybe you'd like Path::Class better. I sure do, and I hope it isn't just because I wrote it. -Ken
        This only hides File::Spec underneath the covers. I expect I'd still encounter the same problems as I did before, as it will still stringify to the OS you're on. As I use Windows mostly, it doesn't integrate with Find::Find and others without some meddling.

        I have most problems with code written by others who aren't aware of the problems. Whether they use File::Spec or Path::Class, I don't see any difference between the return values being Windows style and then breaking when used directly in Find::Find or File::Basename. For them to work correctly you'll need to have:

        all over the place, which kind of defeats the object of using Path::Class in the first place :(

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