On 2/23/06, Dave Burt <dave / burt.id.au> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> (Sorry if this is a duplicate; I attempted to post basically this to
> c.l.r before but it hasn't shown up there or in ruby-talk.)
>
> So, anyway, I couldn't get Perl's CPAN::Dependency to do what I wanted,
> so I wrote a Ruby script to download CPAN. Well, the names of "releases"
> (packages with versions; these can contain multiple modules) and their
> authors and dependencies, anyway.
>
> http://www.dave.burt.id.au/ruby/cpan/
>

very cool!

> The script downloads about 15000 pages from CPAN, one per author (5000)
> plus one per current release (10000), and takes a little while, although
> all the pages are small (the per release ones are just Makefile.PL, to
> pull prerequisites from). It produces 800k of YAML.
>
> I've cleaned up and processed this output (relatively trivially, sorry,
> didn't save my work) to find the top 100 most-required releases. I've
> got 2 versions of this list: the first is based on CPAN::Dependency's
> notion of only counting authors whose releases refer to each release, to
> eliminate false popularity generated by gratuitous references between an
> authors own releases. The second isn't restricted like that and counts a
> references for each release that lists it as a prerequisite.
>
> The first that stands out to me, after eliminating functions that exist
> or
> are being developed in Ruby, is POE - Perl's event-driven networking
> library. It looks quite simple to build, in comparison to Python's
> Twisted,
> and it seems it may be possible to build a Twisted-like interface layer
> on
> top of a POE port. What do Rubyists use in lieu of a Ruby event-driven
> networking library?
>

Would you like to share your lists somewhere (rubygarden's wiki?) so
that people interested in porting can register their intention, ask for
help, etc.?

> Cheers,
> Dave
>
> --
> Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/.
>
>


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thanks,
-pate
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