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Modern Perl Web Frameworks

  • Mojolicious light-weight web framework with rainbows and unicorns.
  • Perl Dancer light-weight web framework to rock.
  • Catalyst The MVC web framework of Perl.
  • PSGI/Plack, the low-level superglue between Perl web application frameworks and web servers.
  • CGI, the Common Gateway Interface, for old-school web applications.

Object Oriented Perl

  • OOP, the classic way to write Object Oriented Perl code.
  • Moo, the Minimalist Object Oriented system for Perl.
  • Moose, the 'post modern' Object Oriented system for Perl.

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If you are a beginner, or would like to refresh your Perl programming knowledge, you can go over the Perl tutorial or watch the Beginner Perl Maven video course.

If you need to maintain a large piece of software written in Perl by other people in the last 5-10-15 years, that's a challenge. Especially if you did not get proper training in Perl. You are probably limited to a specific and old version of Perl. Check out, the Perl tutorial! You can probably skip the part about installing Perl, but the rest of the tutorial will be relevant for you.

Perl is often used in Test Automation. If you work in this field, or if you'd like to work in this field (it is much more fun to find bugs in other people's code than in yours :), then you can read the Perl tutorial and the series on Test Automation using Perl.

If you build new web applications - either privately or inside a company - you can start by reading the article comparing CGI, mod_perl and PSGI. From there you can go on reading the generic Perl tutorial or the articles on Mojolicious, Perl Dancer, Catalyst, PSGI/Plack, or even CGI, the Common Gateway Interface, for old-school web applications.

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20 most popular Perl modules

Neither nor Meta CPAN provide download statistic. They cannot provide that data because most of the people will download the CPAN distributions from the CPAN mirrors.

On the other hand both web sites use Google Analytics and we can use that see which pages were visited most of the times.

I think we can assume that the number of people reading the documentation probably has a good correlation to actual usage of the modules.

20 most popular Perl modules

Generate random numbers in Perl with the rand() function

The built-in rand() function of perl returns a random fractional number between 0 and 1. 0 included but 1 not. Mathematicians would probably represent the range of possible numbers with something like this: [0, 1) though, because the numbers in Perl are limited to some 15 digits after the decimal point the actual numbers rand() will generated don't cover the whole range.

rand(N) will generated a random number between 0 and N (not including N): [0, N).

Generate random numbers in Perl with the rand() function