[Pdx-pm] reverse engineer(?) perl modules

Wil Cooley wcooley at nakedape.cc
Wed Oct 5 17:57:54 PDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 08:25 -0700, Roderick A. Anderson wrote:
> I just started a new job and I'm trying to get a handle on one of the 
> _rather_ complex web based applications.  Lots of modules that have 
> grown and changed over the years and some of the old stuff wasn't well 
> documented.   Plus lots of new stuff added ( with better documentation.)
> So I'm wondering if there are any tools to diagram all the relations 
> and/or calls that are made by looking at the modules and the cgi scripts 
> that call them.

A lousy answer, because it's not exactly what you're looking for: One
technique is to look over the unit tests and if there aren't any, write

What you're looking for is something like a class browser, which if you
were using a more pure OO language like SmallTalk, Python or Ruby you'd
find readily, but I don't know how well they'd work with Perl, since a
module may or may not be an class, and the constructor may or may not be
called ::new.  That said, a quick search turns up this:

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