Using Perl in the Real World (Cookbook)
I've sort of carped and blogged about the lack of well documented, well supported Perl interfaces to some of the newer services available to developers today. For example, interfacing Perl and Amazon web services, payment services, etc, etc.
I may not have done enough homework, but I think what might be lacking is a Perl cookbook for real world applications. I'm not talking about how to connect to a database using DBI or such trivial cookbook staple, but rather some meaty material that show me how to use Perl and connect to the Abbyy Fine Read OCR web service, Amazon S3/ECS/SQS/SNS interfaces, Stripe, etc.
I think a collaborative effort of all Perl programmers out there to share their experiences with doing something more than ETL or coding yet another database application in the form of a cookbook (maybe a wiki?) would be cool.
I see this as one step up from the traditional cookbooks that only show core programming idioms. I envision an expanded cookbook that delves into application specific areas that are more relevant to the kind of services available today. Perl developers need to see examples of using Perl to interface with services that enable mobile apps as well as the kind of RIAs that users are demanding today.
We don't need any more cookbooks that show me how to interface with Oracle. We need cookbooks that show how to store a note on Evernote, add records to a Mongo database, a file on Dropbox, process a payment with Stripe or spark up an EC2 server.