Peruse popular Perl packages

For a little while, I’ve been curious about which of the packages people in the vast wasteland of CPAN actually use and care about. Here’s an attempt to answer that question with fifty popular Perl packages for your entertainment.

Before we begin, a brief overview of the column layout.

  • The mean vote from CPAN ratings.
  • The number of votes for that package registered at CPAN ratings.
  • The number of “vote” entries registered at the Debian popularity contest. This is approximately the number of people who currently use a package.

My ranking attempts to balance people’s votes against a package’s practical utility using a metric composed of equal parts baffling complexity and utter nonsense.

4.7  29  20962  DBI
5.0   2  45321  Text-Iconv
5.0   6  11507  HTML-Tree
4.8   5  14372  HTML-Parser
5.0   2  15132  Gtk2
4.8   4   9125  XML-Twig
5.0   1  17281  URI
4.8  10   1880  XML-Simple
4.4  18   2295  HTML-Template
4.7   3   5679  Net-DNS
5.0   4   2113  BerkeleyDB
4.0   4  19845  DBD-mysql
5.0   3   2586  Error
4.3   3   9365  TimeDate
5.0   3   2134  Crypt-SSLeay
4.4   9   2324  XML-LibXML
4.7   3   3464  XML-SAX
4.8  12    654  WWW-Mechanize
4.5   2   6297  IO-Zlib
4.8   5   1321  Config-IniFiles
4.6   8    796  Mail-Sendmail
3.8   6   6032  XML-Parser
4.7   7    641  Params-Validate
4.7   3   1457  HTML-TableExtract
4.0   7   2509  File-Temp
5.0   1   2479  XML-LibXML-Common
3.7   6   6322  Archive-Tar
5.0   5    488  Email-Valid
4.6  11    427  MIME-Lite
5.0   1   2371  Date-Manip
4.0   2   8022  Compress-Zlib
4.8   5    614  Parse-Yapp
5.0   1   2225  IO-Socket-SSL
4.0   1  15146  Cairo
5.0   3    707  Text-Template
5.0   1   2108  Net-CIDR-Lite
4.8   8    360  Path-Class
4.9   9    269  HTML-Mason
4.7  19    175  Spreadsheet-WriteExcel
5.0   2    911  HTML-Format
3.8   6   3167  Archive-Zip
4.1   8   1142  Parse-RecDescent
4.3   3   1937  IO-String
4.0   3   3585  Net-Server
4.3   3   1838  Class-Accessor
5.0   3    539  Cache-Cache
4.1   9    868  DBD-Pg
5.0   1   1555  AppConfig
5.0   2    773  Time-modules
4.4  12    318  File-Find-Rule
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3 comments on “Peruse popular Perl packages
  1. Andy Lester says:

    Cool list. Looks a lot like the Phalanx 100 from a few years ago.

    http://perlbuzz.com/2008/02/popular-perl-packages-in-debian.html

  2. CPAN ratings does not mean much. Some use it instead of bug tracker (CPAN has rt.cpan.org). Many votes are cast many years ago – distrubution may have been completely transformed.

  3. Juerd says:

    LWP (libwww-perl) is missing; that is probably a mistake.

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