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Perl's Bad Ideas
Wow. $#arr is mild. How about:
- v-strings. Horrible idea, badly implemented, and the cause of many unforseen consqeuences. TIMTOWDI gone stupid.
- pseudohashes. Another bad idea implemented poorly. The actual usefulness of these is minimal, and places where they can be used *correctly* are usually contrived examples. More TIMTOWDI gone stupid.
- global $|, $/, $\, etc.. instead of per-filehandle.
- I agree with Dominus about strigified references. Although I admit to printing them just to see what's inside sometimes... that could be fixed by tinkering with print instead of strigifying things. Laziness gone horribly awry.
- $ used on single elements of hashes and arrays.
- <> globbing
And probably more that I can't think of at the moment, it's been a long week. For a *real* thread-burner, ask me about those features of perl that I *adore* that everyone else hates. :)