Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) has been around forever. Nope, just for 0x10, er, 16 years. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the announcement to comp.lang.perl.announce, which was the culmination of about two years of work by a number of Perl contributors like Jarkko Hietaniemi, Tom Christiansen, Randal Schwartz, and Bill Middleton.It seems like the
Often known as Perl's "killer app," much of Perl's popularity (which has waned, somewhat) could be credited to CPAN. As an archive of Perl modules and documentation, it serves as a toolkit for Perl programmers all over the world. Want to do something in Perl? Be sure to check CPAN before implementing something from scratch – the odds are that CPAN has something for just about any task with more than 100,000 modules written by more than 9,000 contributors.
CPAN is more than just a collection of modules and documentation. It includes tools like cpanm (CPAN Minus) to get and install modules from CPAN. As a former system administrator, I have both fond and not-so-fond memories of grabbing modules from CPAN.
Though Perl may not be one of the hot topics these days, the language is doing just fine in terms of activity. A look at the stats for CPAN show plenty of activity in the last year.
So raise a glass (non-alcoholic, please – it's only 16!) to CPAN, and wish it another successful 16 years. Hat tip to Nat Torkington for the link and reminder that today's CPAN's birthday.