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Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts?

 



Scot
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Apr 19, 2007, 8:10 PM

Post #1 of 6 (6250 views)
Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts? Can't Post

I have a program which I worked on for at least a week with 40+ hours of time and I use the perl module called HTML:Defaultify

I have an application at my website for a mortgage loan which people can start and if they want to save it and return to it later they just click a little checkbox and the data from the form is saved to a text file. Then they get an email with the code they use and a link to a form where they can retrieve their application with their data populated into the form. I used the module and I had two other webhosts Ipowerweb and another one which had no problem installing this module.

Now I have moved to netfirms, and this is the message I got dumb response from John ...

Hello Scot,

Thank-you for expressing an interest in this feature.

At the moment, we do not offer the HTML/Defaultify Perl Module. Although we do not add features and modules on the fly, it has been added to our list of client requested features and may be included in a future service upgrade. All feature requests and new modules that we install are evaluated and fully tested through quality assurance before releasing to our customers. This will ensure that the newly added features and modules function optimally on the web accounts.

Thank-you for your suggestion.

Regards,

John
Netfirms Inc.
www.netfirms.com


Have not these modules already been tested? Isn't these module already signup off on by the leading authority on perl?
Why does netfirms have to be pompously slow and redundant and retest the modules? Why can't they just implement them?
What does retesting modules that have already been tested prove?


Scot
Novice

Apr 19, 2007, 8:13 PM

Post #2 of 6 (6249 views)
Re: [Scot] Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts? [In reply to] Can't Post

http://search.cpan.org/~jsm/HTML-Defaultify-1.01/Defaultify.pm

Here is the module. Does the fact that this is here mean anything? Does it not mean the code has already been thouroughly tested and would be shown here at CPAN if this was not the case?


KevinR
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Apr 19, 2007, 8:26 PM

Post #3 of 6 (6248 views)
Re: [Scot] Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts? [In reply to] Can't Post

netfirms is not a good hosting service.
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KevinR
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Apr 19, 2007, 8:37 PM

Post #4 of 6 (6246 views)
Re: [Scot] Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts? [In reply to] Can't Post


In Reply To
http://search.cpan.org/~jsm/HTML-Defaultify-1.01/Defaultify.pm

Here is the module. Does the fact that this is here mean anything? Does it not mean the code has already been thouroughly tested and would be shown here at CPAN if this was not the case?


No it doesn't. You should check the modules details if it is a rather obscure or older module:

http://search.cpan.org/~jsm/HTML-Defaultify-1.01/

see if there are known bugs, what the modules rating is, if there are any comments from peple that have used the module, see how many testers tested it and on what platforms, etc etc etc.

I tend to stay away from modules that are old and have never been updated by the author or anyone else.

You can also use the "lib" pragma to include your own list of modules in @INC. See the lib pragma for details. Or use "require" to use modules.

http://perldoc.perl.org/lib.html
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(This post was edited by KevinR on Apr 19, 2007, 8:38 PM)


Scot
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Apr 19, 2007, 8:42 PM

Post #5 of 6 (6244 views)
Re: [KevinR] Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts? [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi,

Thanks for your input. Does anyone know of an alternative way to repopulate the fields in a HTML form from a saved text data file?

Also, just because a modules old.. Some modules are so good, they never have to be updated right?


KevinR
Veteran


Apr 19, 2007, 9:05 PM

Post #6 of 6 (6242 views)
Re: [Scot] Why is installing a perl module such a pain for some webhosts? [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for your input. Does anyone know of an alternative way to repopulate the fields in a HTML form from a saved text data file?

Sounds like something you could code yourself fairly easily. But if you read the comments by a user of that module he/she recommends a different module for the same task.

HTML-FillInForm

Also, just because a modules old.. Some modules are so good, they never have to be updated right?

Some modules are so simple they never need updating. Wink
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