I've struggled with this kind of issue before. One of the main benefits of Perl is that TIMTOWTDI, no doubt about it. I know, it's all about context. There's nothing wrong with the rules as they are currently constitued. However, I've found in a number of cases Perl does not do the least suprising thing. The examples above show that while being incredibly flexible, there's a lot of room for a small mistake to yield far reaching, mean, nasty consequences. At what point does TIMTOWTDI make Perl code start to be less readable, and thus less maintainable?
in reply to Yet another List Versus Scalar Context Meditation
I don't have any preconceived notions about it, I'm just asking the question.
My mission: To boldy split infinitives that have never been split before!