Tag Archives: perl

Help test IO::Socket::IP for Perl v5.20

Do you want good IPv6 support in the Perl core? The Perl 5 Porters intend to add IO::Socket::IP to the Perl 5 core for Version 20, coming later this year. IO::Socket::IP makes IPv4/IPv6 transparent networking easy. It aims to be a drop-in replacement for IO::Socket::INET (with some caveats), so that most existing code merely needs […]

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The xdg channel — Thanksgiving missive

While I haven't been blogging much, I have been busy coding. To riff from Damian's "Conway Channel" talks, this blog post summarizes the various (mostly new) CPAN modules I've been working on. ::Tiny and not so ::Tiny I appear to be one of the leading proponents of "::Tiny" modules. I love the Unix-like small-tools philosophy. […]

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Only the bravest CPAN warriors need apply

Are you a CPAN warrior? Are you up for a challenge? Read on... I have finally fixed the CPAN.pm branch that implements support for recommends and suggests prerequisites. It seems to work, but CPAN.pm internals are so hairy that I wouldn't be surprised if there are still subtle bugs. I don't think it will melt […]

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Five percent of indexed CPAN packages come from just two distributions

And both have to do with advertising. Counting all packages indexed in 02packages.details.txt (possibly across multiple tarball versions), two distributions account for 5% of CPAN packages: GOOGLE-ADWORDS-PERL-CLIENT Microsoft-AdCenter Here are the top 10 with the number of index lines each: Together they account for 8.6% of the 135,000 or so currently indexed packages.

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Real $VERSIONs on CPAN

I've been looking at patterns of $VERSION definition in the wild. And, wow. There's some crazy stuff out there. Remember that the way PAUSE (and other tools) parse a $VERSION definition line is not by loading the module, but by extracting it as a standalone line and essentially running it through eval. PAUSE says this […]

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