It was ten years ago, when the version 0.01 of my module Net::LDAP::Express hit CPAN. And it was early December 2004 when the current version of it, 0.11, landed in the same place. It was my first public module, it was a simple one, it was hit by some criticism in the Perl community and in the perl-ldap community in particular. In short, I always thought that it was just a little, simple module that a very few people would use, and that would never be included in any mainstream product.
Today, for no special reason, I decided to run a search on Google, and I found out I was wrong. Delightfully wrong.
- Net::LDAP::Express is used when installing Bugzilla on Windows
- it’s part of the Netops toolkit
- it’s used in the code samples in the book “Nagios 3 enterprise monitoring“
- it’s used in ELSA (Enterprise log search and archive), and thus in Security Onion, a Linux distribution for IDS (Intrusion Detection) and NSM (Network Security Monitoring) — ELSA is included in Security Onion
It was strange to see how wrong I was, but nice!
What about you? Are you using any of my Perl modules in your software? If so, it would be so nice if you’d let me know!