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My "fear" of CPAN modules comes in two forms, 1) the aforementioned installation woes (whether on my Mac OS or web server), and once installed 2) understanding how to use them. More often than not, the documentation is lacking in fundamentals and examples--so much is implied or assumed.

I'm not a full-time programmer, but use Perl for my web apps. I suppose if I were a trained programmer, or was doing it full-time, the learning curve might be shorter. It takes me so long to figure out how to use a lot of modules, scouring the web for examples and explanations. It seems like half my questions on PMs relate to module use. And most questions would be unnecessary if the documentation where geared to the less experienced. Wheres the CPAN Modules for Dummies book?

Anyway, I have made a pact with myself to write or add to a review/tutorial once I understand the basics of a module.

"The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." George Eliot

In reply to Re: What sets Perl back by bradcathey
in thread What sets Perl back by gunzip

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