[Israel.pm] Linking to CPAN modules

Shlomi Fish shlomif at iglu.org.il
Mon Feb 16 09:39:03 PST 2004

On Monday 16 February 2004 23:00, Gabor Szabo wrote:
> I was reading the module-authors mailing list where someone has  just
> mentioned that you can always link to modules on search.cpan.org with
> a very static URL when the answer of Offer to the array swapping question
> came in.
> I think this is a good opportunity to point you to this:
> Instead of pointing at
> http://search.cpan.org/~xmath/Data-Swap-0.02/lib/Data/Swap.pm
> you could point at
> http://search.cpan.org/dist/Data-Swap/
> or
> http://search.cpan.org/dist/Data-Swap/lib/Data/Swap.pm
> While the former one might disappear as the owner updates
> the module or if there is a new maintainer the other two links
> are both static. This is great for making it good food for Google.
> I'd like to recommend that from now on we'll try to send in only
> such links. I even wrote a journal entry about this:
> http://use.perl.org/~gabor/journal/17438
> I personally will go over all the places where I mention a module and
> replace the URL with one in the above style.
> I think it is a small effort and having high ranks to the right modules
> will help more people find good solutions.

I think that search.cpan.org should be smarter about this and point us to the 
/dist/ URLs in its search results. Otherwise, it's a usability issue.

But I agree.


	Shlomi Fish 

> regards
>   Gabor
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