[tpm] [Fwd: Recommendations for CPAN selections]

James E Keenan jkeenan at pobox.com
Fri Aug 25 07:05:37 PDT 2017

On 08/25/2017 09:54 AM, arocker at Vex.Net wrote:
> A friend sent me the following message. I haven't used XML much, so my
> experience is limited. Has anyone recent experience on the subject?
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> we have a number of perl programs in our group, and add them on
> occasion. This time around we're wondering about parsing xml from a data
> store and generating csv files. The xml is just rows (well, it says it
> is) 

It's difficult to give sound advice in the absence of a sample of the 
data.  Could your friend mock up some XML?

but the parsers in CPAN seem to be very specific to the problem
> their authors were addressing, and in some case they're just junk.

In the absence of comments on specific CPAN distros, I can't confirm or 
deny this statement.

> What's your advice on finding the /good stuff/?
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> Generically, use the Metacpan ratings as a guide?

I would do that only once I have seen some XML data.

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