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Top 7 Funniest Perl Modules

By Jeff Boes · Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tags: perl

And now for something completely different ...

Programmers in general, and Perl programmers in particular, seem to have excellent, if warped, senses of humor. As a result, the CPAN library is replete with modules that have oddball names, or strange and wonderful purposes, or in some delightful cases -- both!

Let's take a look.

  1. Bone::Easy

I'm going to take the coward's way out on this one right away. Go see for yourself, or don't.

  1. Acme::EyeDrops

Really, anything in the Acme::* (meaning "perfect") namespace is just programmer-comedy gold, depending on what you find amusing and what is just plain forehead-smacking stupid to you. This one allows you to transform your Perl programs (small ones work better) from this: perl print "hello world\n";

to this:

Oh, that's not just a picture of a camel. That's actual Perl code; you can run that, and it executes in the exact same way as the original one-liner. So much more stylish. Plus, you can impress your boss/cow-orker/heroic scientist boyfriend.

  1. common::sense

This one makes the list because (a) it is just so satisfying to see perl use common::sense;

atop a Perl program, and (b) a citation of this on our company IRC chat is what planted the seed for this article.

Another is sanity.pm, as in "use sanity;". Seems like a good approach.

  1. Silly::Werder

Not a terribly interesting name, but it produces some head-scratching output. For instance,

* Broringers isess ailerwreakers paciouspiris dests bursonsinvading buggers companislandet despa ascen? *

I suppose you might use this to generate some Lorem ipsum-type text, or maybe temporary passwords? Dialog for your science fiction novel?

  1. Any module with the word "Moose" in it. "Moose" is a funny word.

  2. D::oh

The humor here is a bit obscure: you have to have been around for Perl4-style namespace addressing, when you would have had to load this via: perl use D'oh;

  1. your

As in: perl use your qw($wits %head @tools);

Here the name is the funny bit; the module itself is all business.

Well, that seems like enough to get you started. If you find others, post them here in the comments!