search.cpan.org, which for many people is the CPAN, has added a crucial little enhancement. The star ratings given to distributions at cpanratings.perl.org now appear on the search results. This makes it easy to tell at a glance which modules may best serve your needs.

Say you want a module to work with Excel spreadsheets. Now, when you search on “Excel”, the star ratings in the results give the searcher starting points.

Thanks to Graham Barr for making this change.