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Module Usage

by artist (Parson)
on Dec 27, 2001 at 08:04 UTC ( #134547=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Do we have voting system for perl modules, who has used which modules?

If provided, can serve for very good statistics and promote the usefulness of good modules.


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Re: Module Usage
by jryan (Vicar) on Dec 27, 2001 at 08:46 UTC
      Easy to guess that CGI is the most often mentioned module. Interesting seeing that Bone::Easy is ranked 8th...
      Just to note, not every module that is not most often used is a bad one. I've use a dozen modules which are not mentioned, however they are all very useful in specific circumstances.

      This also flows from the fact that there's not a single module that is 'universal' in it's aplication, or in other words not every thing could do everything! ;-).

      On another note, I think it's fair to note that those who don't understand or use a module would most likely choose not to vote, since how can one vote without fully understanding the subject matter? On the other hand, those who do use the module (and, I concur, have fair understanding of it), would most likely vote in favor of it since it _did_ prove helpful to them in completing their job -- at the least, they've got something, right? As far as I'm concerned, I may not recall a single module that had I used at least once in one of my perl programs that I could vote down like that. Because, since I'd used the module, I'm in a way obligated (at least morally) to give credit where it's due. (the author for example). Secondly, if there was a module that I hadn't used due to lack of understanding, I'd simply pass it buy... and wouldn't be 'competent' enough to excercise a negative vote.

      "There is no system but GNU, and Linux is one of its kernels." -- Confession of Faith
Re: Module Usage
by jepri (Parson) on Dec 27, 2001 at 08:36 UTC
    We do have a reviews section, where you can pump/dump a module. Unfortunately people are often a little hesitant to dump on a module, probably due to the worry that they don't quite understand it enough to be sure it's a bad module.

    I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.

Re: Module Usage
by dmitri (Priest) on Dec 28, 2001 at 02:42 UTC
    I really can't see how one can promote "the usefulness" of anything. :)
      One simple answer would be: By making aware of it.

      For the voting system, we can consider only positive voting.
      ie.. Vote if you have used 'this' module.

        I know what was meant -- but the way the idea was expressed is semantically wrong. One can promote usage, not usefulness.

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