I am delighted to announce that we are now a financial sponsor of MetaCPAN, the search engine for Perl modules.
Perl is the primary programming language that powers our geocoding API, and thus it is great that we’re (again) able to help support the project.
Perl continues to go strong, the newest major release - 5.36 - was posted right on schedule in May. A recent article by Dave Cross summarizes some of the recent improvements and evolution in the language. One thing has not changed over the years: the power of Perl (and indeed all of open source) is the ease of re-using the work of others. Without this our service would not be possible, we rely on literally hundreds of Perl modules.
As the primary interface to the CPAN (the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) which allows for easy sharing of modules, MetaCPAN is a core part of the Perl project, and a service we rely on every day. A new MetaCPAN look and feel is currently under development (all in public, for all to contribute, of course), and should be live shortly. Thank you to all involved, we look forward to seeing it live soon, and are proud that we could help support the effort.
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