=head1 CPAN Definitive Tags
CPAN packages can specify B<keywords> (also known as B<tags> or B<labels>)
in their META.yml to provide guidelines for indexing a module. This document
will list some B<"definitive" tags> which will be agreed upon to qualify
some meta-data about the module for easy categorization.
Unless noted otherwise, all the definitive tags live in the C<def/*> module
where they are used to be separated from other more random tags.
=head2 List of tags.
The module is actively developed.
This means the module is abandoned and up-for-adoption. It probably indicates
that the current maintainer still finds it to be a good and recommended module,
just that they have lost interest, lack the necessary time, or are otherwise
unable to maintain it.
"Alternative to core".
This module provides a (hopefully better) alternative to a core module.
Examples: L<File::Next>, L<File::Find::Object>, L<Readonly>
(alternative to "constant"), L<Module::Build> (alternative to
ExtUtils-MakeMaker), L<Module::Starter> (alternative to h2xs),
L<Sub::Exporter> (alternative to Exporter.pm).
Like Magic only something that is considered "Evil". Possible examples are
source filters and the CPAN L<Error> distribution. Also see C<def/magic>.
The module is present and may be maintained, but is not recommended for general
This implements the so-called "Template Pattern"
( L<http://exciton.cs.rice.edu/javaresources/DesignPatterns/TemplatePattern.htm> ) where one has a base class
that has many drivers as sub-classes that implement the rest of the
functionality. Examples: L<DBI>, L<XML::SAX>. (Thanks to G. Wade Johnson).
See also C<def/driver>.
This is something like L<DBD::Mysql> or L<DBD::Pg> for L<DBI>.
See also C<def/driver_base>.
The module only works on Linux.
This module only works on Mac OS X.
The module is maintained.
Something unconventional and not straightforward, that may affect the rest of
Perl. Examples: L<Devel::Declare> .
This is a CPAN "Bundle" or "Task" that does not contain any original
functionality of its own, and just specifies a list of dependencies to be
retrieved. (Thanks to G. Wade Johnson)
Non-finalised API. Means the API may be broken in the future.
A plugin to another module, that extends it and provides more functionality.
Examples: L<Template::Plugin::PodSimple>, L<POE::Component::IRC>, etc. (Thanks
to G. Wade Johnson)
A Pure Perl module.
Requires a C compiler.
Requires a C++ compiler.
Requires an extenral library - for example the L<Gtk2> module which requires
Requires a Fortran 77 compiler.
Requires an Objective C Compiler.
A source filter. Examples: L<Spiffy>, L<Acme::Gosub>.
This module only works on UNIX (not Windows, DOS, etc.).
Copyright by Shlomi Fish, 2010.
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