Part I covered modules specific to the network management part of my job. These are my favorite general-purpose modules.
1. Viewing data structures:
$Data::Dumper::Indent = 1; #JMO
I learned a lot about references using this module, too.
2. Saving myself from the tyranny of Microsoft:
Spreadsheet::ParseExcel automates what would be a daily, very tedious task. (Don’t ask unless you are willing to buy me a beer in order to hear the story behind this.)
5. Enforcing coding standards:
6. Having fun at my co-workers’ expense:
Lingua::Bork. Pass the daily reports through this, and see who’s actually reading them.
7. And of course, DBI. Don’t leave home without it.
Update on some others I mentioned:
Last time I worked with Net::MAC was v1.2, and I encountered what I thought might be a bug when iterating over an array of mac addresses. I didn’t need it for any heavy lifting (just converting macs to cisco format), so instead of filing a bug report, I stuck with my hand-rolled solution. The problem has been fixed in 1.5.