[tpm] CPAN as a web service

Adam Prime adam.prime at utoronto.ca
Thu Oct 7 09:22:55 PDT 2010

You might want to take a look at http://github.com/bricas/cpanhq

It looks like it's lost momentum completely, but probably had some of 
the same goals.


On 10-10-07 12:17 PM, Olaf Alders wrote:
> After the last meeting a bunch of us got to talking about how much
> better the CPAN would be if there were some sort of web service which
> could provide CPAN and CPAN-related data.  Imagine how much more
> useful CPAN ratings or AnnoCPAN would be if you could query them
> directly for information rather than  the current method (download a
> CSV and an SQLite db respectively).  Imagine a system of up and
> downvoting your favourite modules with real time charts and
> statistics to map out what the community currently cares about.
> People are always saying that the CPAN is one of the best things
> about perl, but imagine how much better it really could be and what
> sorts of applications people could build to work with the available
> data?  iCPAN certainly stands to benefit from a web service, but so
> would a similar application built on the Android platform or even
> some of the command line clients used for installing modules etc.
> search.cpan.org isn't open source, so we can't improve it, but we can
> certainly provide some layers which could be used to improve it or
> even to offer a viable alternative at some point.
> Dave will be giving a talk about CPAN at the next meeting, so maybe
> those who are interested in contributing to this project could make
> it a point to be there and to be available afterwards to chat about
> this in more detail.
> As a starting point, I would suggest grabbing a copy of iCPAN:
> http://github.com/oalders/iCPAN  The stuff in the /perl and /website
> folders can be run without being on a Mac and it's a small
> introduction to how the CPAN works and is organized.  Just trying to
> get a discussion started at this point.  Thoughts?
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