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POD Functions Sort Greasemonkey Script

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Being a Perl programmer, I frequently visit CPAN or MetaCPAN to read Perl module documentation. I often go there to look up a specific function or method, and many modules are kind enough to list their functions/methods in the table of contents, so it’s usually easy to quickly find the one I’m looking for.

However, some of those kind modules list functions in non-alphabetical order, which is a bit less useful. Sure, that particular non-alphabetical order might make sense, for example when it groups functions by their purpose, but it still makes it harder to find a specific item on the list. Examples: DBI, DBIx::Class::Schema, DBIx::Class::Storage.

To cope with that, I wrote a small Greasemonkey script which allows you to sort those lists in alphabetical order. It tries to recognize lists of functions or methods using simple heuristicts (such as having a “_” in the list item text, or having no spaces) and puts an icon next to the list, which, upon clicked, sorts the list.

If you’re a Perl programmer with OCD, I’m sure you’ll love this script. Tested to work on Firefox and Chrome/Chromium.

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