[sf-perl] Go Pinto [Was: Real perl]

Jeffrey Thalhammer jeff at imaginative-software.com
Tue Apr 10 21:59:01 PDT 2012

On Apr 10, 2012, at 4:19 PM, Jeff Bragg wrote:

> I've used Moose, and found it to be very nice, especially in comparison to old-school Perl OO.  However, it usually seems like overkill for my purposes (and perhaps a violation of the KISS principle).  I'm sure it has a lot to do with context; I'm generally doing systemsy, back-end stuff, and prefer to minimize my dependencies and assumptions about deployment environment.

Then please allow me to use this opportunity to make a shameless plug for Pinto.

IMHO, dependency avoidance is a weak excuse for doing things the hard way (and usually the wrong way).  But installing stuff from the public CPAN is a lottery because you never know exactly which versions you are going to get.  And if you want to lock down those versions with a private CPAN, it is a fair bit of work to manage.  So dependency-phobia lives on.

Pinto aims to fix all that.  Pinto makes it super easy to construct a custom repository of CPAN distributions (including your own private ones) and organically evolve your dependencies over time.  So now all that "systemsy back-end stuff" can leverage anything and everything on CPAN, and you've got a solid, reproducible mechanism for building, testing, and deploying it.

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