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CPAN a history lesson

by zigster (Hermit)
on Dec 01, 2000 at 20:43 UTC ( #44397=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Following on from some chat on chatterbox and from and from some comments on What is it about perl that makes it so cool I was interested to see where CPAN came from. It seems to be a widely held belief that CPAN is a great distingushing factor in why perl is as great as it is. OK so I did some investigating and came up with the following links.. A Perl timeline now from this large document I read the following paragraph:
The first ideas of what will become CPAN emerge on the Perl-packrats mailing list. Modeled after the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN) it would be an archive of all things Perl. (9 December)
There is actually a link to the original mail describing the idea that gave rise to CPAN here and it goes on. I will not place all the links in this node, suffice to say that I found it a very interesting.

PS.. edited later take a look here for a potted history of perl itself. --


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Re: CPAN a history lesson
by BigJoe (Curate) on Dec 01, 2000 at 20:58 UTC
    Wow was mentioned in 2000


    Learn patience, you must.
    Young PerlMonk, craves Not these things.
    Use the source Luke.

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