Reviews by Gene Sullivan


Devel-DumpTrace (0.24) *****

This handy module allowed me to more easily find a bug in my code. Being able to see variable values as it traces each line of code is immensely helpful. It was easy to start using, and the documentation is clear. Another great feature is the ability to control whether it traces through module (package) code.

Perl-Tidy (20071205) *****

If you need to quickly neaten someone's Perl code, the perltidy command-line tool makes this a trivial task. The default settings are reasonable, but can easily be modified if desired.

XML-Tidy (1.2.54HJnFa) *****

This is great for formatting an XML file in a human-readable form. It does one job, and it does it well.

Acme-Tools (0.11) ****

This is a handy collection of general-purpose utilities that you would like to be part of the standard Perl distribution (but are not).

The smorgasbord of functions include a standard deviation calculator, an array uniquifier and a file slurper. Half the fun is just discovering what is in this bag of tricks.

Don't be fooled by the Acme name -- this is no joke!

App-Pod2CpanHtml (0.02) *****

If you want to get a glimpse of what your POD will look like on CPAN before you upload your module to CPAN, then this is for you. It is as close as you're going to get to the real thing. It is an essential tool for developing CPAN modules.

The command-line utility script is a great convenience because it is so simple to use.

Text-Table (1.114) *****

If you are tired of using sprintf to do basic table data display operations, then this is the module for you. It auto-scales the column widths for you.

XML-SemanticDiff (1.0000) *****

This module suits my needs perfectly. I use it on simple XML files to isolate my actual content changes from all the unnecessary attribute re-ordering imposed by an XML writer tool I am forced to use. The distribution includes a simple script which works right out of the box.

Furthermore, the current maintainer, Shlomi Fish, fixed a minor POD error within hours of my request!

YAPE-Regex-Explain (3.011) *****

This is a terrific tool for understanding complex regular expressions.
I have used it for debugging, learning and teaching. It is extremely
simple to use.