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Stack Apps is a question and answer site for apps, scripts, and development with the Stack Exchange API. It's 100% free, no registration required.


This library is a little labour of love for two things dear to me : StackOverflow, a place where I've learned just so much, and Perl a cryptic language that's giving me perspective. I happen to be a long time C# developer so the whole thing was a -learn a language by building stuff- exercise. Any feedback and kind-insults are welcome. Please file them as issues on the github repository.


The API is designed to be a one to one mapping with the methods in the documentation. It also has some conventions to make the interface intuitive. See the documentation on metacpan, I've written examples and some design notes.

use Net::StackExchange2;
#For read-only methods.
my $se = Net::StackExchange2->new({site => 'stackoverflow'});


#for methods that require auth.
my $se = Net::StackExchange2->new(
     access_token => '<THE ACCESS TOKEN>', 
     key => '<YOUR APP KEY>'

my $ret =  $se->answers->answers_all({ order=> "desc", sort=>"votes" });
my $ret = $se->answers->answers(14586834);#pass one single ID
#or pass many in an array ref
my $ret = $se->answers->answers([4449779, 4477003]);

my $ret  = $se->search->search({tagged=>"perl"});

my $ret = $se->tags->tags_top_askers("perl", "month");

#filters are also supported. 

#This method gets comments from one user to another 
#and only retrives the body of the comment
my $ret = $se->users->
       users_comments_toid(368070,22656, {filter => '!mRNaB_KjjP'});


The library is licensed under the Bsd 3-clause. See this for a quick english TL:DR about it.


Ideally you don't need to download anything to use it with perl. It's on CPAN here. You just install it with cpan. Note it's Net:StackExchange2 (2 at the end). Net:StackExchange is an older distribution for the 1.x API.

sudo cpan
>install Net::StackExchange2


Contact me at gideon [at] cpan [dot] org for any issues with this distribution.


All of it is written in perl of course. Since I'm a beginner it might not be the best perl you've seen, I would be very happy to hear any suggestions/feedback.

The project is on github here: https://github.com/gideondsouza/perl-net-stackexchange

Please file any issues/bugs/features on the github page.

Road Map

  • Write some test cases.
  • Implement better core abstractions with a test seam, so I can write unit tests to see whether each method generates the right url.
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Finally I can add a Perl entry on this page! Good job. –  Nathan Osman Feb 5 '13 at 0:08
Thanks! :) I plan to write a couple updates for this api, to make it more fluent/intuitive, also plan to write a perl app that uses this wrapper :D –  gideon Feb 5 '13 at 17:53
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