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How to Install Perl Modules on Mac OS X in 4 Easy Steps

Today at work, I learned how to install Perl modules using CPAN. It’s a lot easier than I thought.

You see, for the past couple of years, I’ve been a bit frustrated because OS X does not come with a whole lot of Perl modules pre-installed, and for all I googled, I couldn’t find an “idiot’s” guide for moderately-savvy-but-not-expert users like myself to install modules and dependencies on demand.

The only instructions I could find point to Fink, which basically installs modules in a path that isn’t included in the Perl @INC variable, meaning you have to manually specify …


I’ve said before that I’m only a moderately experienced programmer.  One of the things I’m enjoying about learning Django is that it’s challenging me to pick up new concepts without getting bogged down in the details of implementation.
Yesterday I ran across decorators.  I had no idea what a decorator is, how it works, or what it’s used for.  Wikipedia offers an overview, which at least explains the general purpose, but then someone tells me that Python decorators are not the same thing.  The top Google results fly way over my head, and finally, I land on an …