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1 $Id$
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4 Detailed Information
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7 POE is bigger than this README. Please see http://poe.perl.org/ for
8 much more information.
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11 What POE Is
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14 POE is a mature framework for creating multitasking programs in Perl.
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15 It has been in active development since 1998. It has been used in
16 mission-critical systems such as internetworked financial markets,
17 file systems, commerce and application servers.
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19 POE is compatible with perl 5.005_03 through 5.6.1 and beyond.
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21 POE includes functions for creating and using components. Components
22 are modular, reusable pieces of programs. Several components have
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23 been published on the CPAN, and more are listed on POE's web site.
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25 POE includes components and libraries for making quick work of network
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26 clients, servers, and peers. A "hello, world" web application takes
27 fewer than 50 lines of code, most of which is configuration.
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30 Documentation Roadmap
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33 POE includes so much documentation that the main man page includes an
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34 index to the others. See the "SEE ALSO" section in "man POE", or your
35 system's equivalent.
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37 The CHANGES file lists all the changes in the past year. A complete
38 change history, back to August 1998, is available on POE's web site.
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40 --------------------
41 Distribution Details
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44 This distribution includes a samples directory that contains several
45 well commented example programs. These programs are NOT installed.
46 Better examples are being written all the time and are available
47 online in the POE Cookbook.
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49 POE's test programs may also be interesting examples, but they're more
50 for exercising POE than illustrating good coding practices. The tests
51 also aren't installed, in case you were wondering.
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53 All in all, the actual installed bits of POE are probably around a
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54 third of the total distribution, and about a quarter of POE's
55 installed footprint is documentation.
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58 Installing POE
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61 See http://poe.perl.org/?Where_to_Get_POE for download sites, Windows
62 tips, and anonymous CVS instructions.
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64 POE may be installed through the CPAN shell in the usual CPAN shell
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65 manner.
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67 perl -MCPAN -e 'install POE'
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69 It involves a little more work if you have an older CPAN shell:
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71 perl -MCPAN -e shell
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72 cpan> install POE
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74 To install on a Win32 machine using ActiveState's PPM:
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76 ppm install http://poe.sourceforge.net/packages/POE.ppd
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77
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78 POE can also be installed manually, and the latest versions of things
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79 are available in CVS.
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81 ------------
82 Test Results
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85 POE's test results are large and constantly changing. They have been
86 moved to the web site for easier maintenance. POE is tested severely
87 before even the limited-distribution development releases.
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89 http://eekeek.org/poe-tests/
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90 http://poe.perl.org/?POE%27s_test_results
91 http://testers.cpan.org/search?request=dist&dist=POE
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93 If you experience test failures, please report them. POE's ongoing
94 improvement relies on feedback from its users. The easiest
95 way to do that is included in the POE distribution itself. The
96 Makefile includes two targets: 'testreport' and 'reportupload'.
97 Running 'make testreport' will run the test suite and generate
98 an XML file summarizing the test results named 'poe_report.xml'.
99 If you have an active non-proxied internet connection, running
100 'make reportupload' will transmit your test results to the
101 POE test server. If you do not have a non-proxied internet
102 connection, go to http://eekeek.org/poe-tests/ and upload the
103 poe_report.xml file using the form on that page.
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105 Uploaded test results can be viewed at http://eekeek.org/poe-tests/.
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107 -------------
108 Test Coverage
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111 POE's test coverage report has also moved onto the 'web. It gives a
112 very rough idea of the amount of POE that's been at least cursorily
113 tested, but it should not be used as an accurate gauge of quality.
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115 http://poe.perl.org/?POE%27s_test_coverage_report
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117 ----
118 Bye!
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121 Thanks for reading!
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122
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123 -- Rocco Caputo / rcaputo@cpan.org / poe.perl.org / poe.sourceforge.net
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