|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Re: Reliable software OR Is CPAN the sacred cowby davorg (Chancellor)
|on Sep 15, 2006 at 12:33 UTC||Need Help??|
This result in people stop thinking critically about CPAN, they believe is't goodness because it IS goodness, and that's all.
I don't believe that this is an accurate summary of anyone's views on CPAN (or, at least, anyone who has looked seriously at CPAN).
There is a _lot_ of code on CPAN. A lot of it is of very high quality and very useful. Some of it isn't. I don't think that's a problem with CPAN however, I see the low barrier to entry for CPAN as a feature. The Perl community has, in recent years, set up side projects to CPAN which allow users to see the "quality" of CPAN modules (as discussed by other users or determined by automated tests) and to give them more information on which to base their decision on whether or not to use a particular CPAN module.
We all realise that there are problems with some CPAN modules. There are almost certainly still bugs to find in pretty much every CPAN module. When you find one of these problems, you have a choice. You can mutter vaguely about the problem (as you've been doing on this site for the last few days) or you can help the author of the module to fix the problem and thereby help make the module better. There are a number of ways that you can help:
This is open source software. Of course, you're free to use it (or not use it) as you wish. No-one is going to force you to contribute. But it would be really good if you could help out. You've made it clear recently that you're not happy with the quality of CPAN's email handling modules. But as far as I can see, you have done nothing to improve the situation. Yes, you say you've written your own implementation, but why haven't you released it? Or why haven't you contacted the Perl email project to offer your help? Or given them concrete examples of the way that their current modules fail? It's very easy to complain, but harder to do something constructive.
I don't believe that CPAN is a sacred cow. And I don't know anyone who does. I know that there's an awful lot of rubbish on CPAN. But I find rubbish there that I'd like to use then I don't waste time moaning about it, I do what I can to fix it. Why don't you do the same?
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