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11. Perl Modules

Chapter 11. Perl Modules

There is a lot more to Perl than what we’re able to show you in this book, and there are a lot of people doing a lot of interesting things with Perl. If there is a problem to solve, somebody has probably already solved it and made their solution available on the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), which is a worldwide collection of servers and mirrors containing thousands of modules of reusable Perl code. Indeed, most of Perl 5 is in the modules since Larry designed it as an extensible language.

We’re not going to teach you how to write modules here: you’ll have to get that from the Alpaca book. In this chapter, we’ll show you how to use modules that already exist. The idea is to get you started with CPAN rather than give you a survey on modules.


  

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