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Detailed Information
POE is bigger than this README. Please see its web site at for more information.
Documentation Roadmap
POE includes a lot of documentation. The main POE man page includes
references to everything else.
The CHANGES file lists all the changes in the past year. POE's web
site ( includes a complete change history,
separated by version number, going back to its first public release.
Installing POE
See for download sites, Windows
tips, and anonymous CVS instructions.
POE may be installed through the CPAN shell in the usual CPAN shell
% perl -MCPAN -e shell
cpan> install POE
To install on a Win32 machine using ActiveState's PPM. If PPM fails,
try PPM3:
> ppm install
> ppm3 install
Test Results
POE is tested before each release, and afterwards by at least two
groups of people. Each group posts its results on the web:
-- Automated test reports by users like you.
-- CPAN testers' reports.
POE's ongoing improvement relies on your feedback. The easiest way to
let us know how we're doing is to "make reportupload" after building
% make reportupload
That will generate poe_report.xml and upload it to If it
fails, you can upload it manually from the form at .
Test Coverage
POE's tests cover a significant portion of the distribution. A
thumbnail sketch of POE's test coverage is available, but do not use
it as an accurate gauge of quality.
What POE Is
POE is a networking and multitasking (some say cooperative threading)
framework for Perl. It has been in active development since 1996,
with its first open release in 1998. O'Reilly's Perl Conference (now
OSCON) named POE "Best New Module" in 1999.
POE has been used in mission-critical systems such as internetworked
financial markets, file systems, commerce and application servers. It
has been used in projects ranging from a few lines of code to tens of
POE is compatible with perl versions as old as 5.005_03.
POE includes an evolving component framework. Components are
high-level, modular, reusable pieces of programs. Several components
have been published on the CPAN, and more are listed on POE's web
POE includes components and libraries for making quick work of network
clients, servers, and peers. A simple stand-alone web application
takes about 30 lines of code, most of which is your own custom logic.
Thanks for reading!
-- Rocco Caputo / /
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