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Recent Articles

Pro: Show CPANstats on every page

Now that we have these generic stats on our system, we should replace the hard-coded numbers we have on the front page. As we know these numbers will have to be displayed on every page, we don't add it to the code that displays only the main page. Instead we add our code to the template() function that will be called for every page.


Show CPANstats on every page


Simple timestamp generation using POSIX strftime in Perl

Very often I need to add a timestamp to some log file, or create a file based on a the current date. There are plenty of really good modules on CPAN to handle dates and times, that can help creating these timestamps, but this time I am going to use the strftime function of the standard POSIX module.


Simple timestamp generation using POSIX strftime in Perl


Pro: Get CPANstats from MetaCPAN using cron

When we copied the look-and-feel from search.cpan.org, we also copied the stats at the bottom of the page. We already knew back then that we'll have to change this to show up-to-date data. It's time to do that.

We know that these numbers are displayed on every page of search-cpan-org, and we also know that these numbers don't need to be totally up-to-date. so instead of fetching them from MetaCPAN on every request, we can create a separate script that will fetch these numbers once a day and store them in a file.

The site can then fill the pages with the data from this file.


Get CPANstats from MetaCPAN using cron


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