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Re: Auto-updating snippets.by TilRMan (Friar)
|on Jul 16, 2004 at 00:44 UTC||Need Help??|
While I disagree with the idea of replacing modules with snippets, the auto-update system itself might be interesting. It sounds like search-and-replace on crack, with syntactical sugar for Perl parsing. I can easily imagine using such a beast for bandaging broken code long enough for me to do proper refactoring.
I assume that the system would be smart enough to find snippets on its own, so that old scripts can be udpated. In other words, if you have to say #This is snippet number 927307, it'll never work.
The system becomes quite valuable, IMHO, when you starting thinking in terms of idioms instead of snippets. For example, I propose the first "snippet" should be:
and also propose the first update (to same snippet):
$| = 1
See, among other discussions, Re: Poor Perl Idioms Explained (except not really).
Update: Wassercrats: I accept your terms, with the following addition: If I contribute, you must implement it. :-)