The Perl Phalanx Project - The Phalanx FAQ
The specifics of how we derived the list isn't really important. We don't want the focus of the project to become which modules are getting attention. We'll be working on a wide variety of CPAN modules, as well as Perl itself, to improve their tests and documentation.
It really doesn't matter. The list is made and that's what we're going with. We think you'll agree that the 100 modules are a good cross-section of what's popular on the CPAN. Maybe some got missed, maybe some shouldn't be on the list. Still, it's a good start.
It's a nice round number that used to be about 2.5% of CPAN. We figured that the 80/20 rule applies, but in this case, 97.5/2.5 will have to do. (Note: there are now over 25,000 CPAN modules, so it's less than that.)
OK, ok, we'll tell you! It's a combination of:
Yes, yes, we know. The list has been made and will probably not change.
That's fine. We can include Foo::Bar in the Phalanx project as well. The list of 100 is just a starting point.