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Re^3: [off-site] Perl snippets at Microsoft

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Mar 04, 2005 at 13:31 UTC ( #436565=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: [off-site] Perl snippets at Microsoft
in thread [off-site] Perl snippets at Microsoft

The absence of strict, warnings, and taint don't necessarily imply a bad script.

No, it doesn't. Each is useful for different purposes.

  • strict is useful is you plan on ever making a change to the thing as it will decrease the time you need to do so safely.
  • warnings is useful is you are a less-experienced developer.
  • taint is useful if you are taking information from an untrusted source.

Of these three, I would add strict and taint. Warnings are ... annoying in production code. I take it out in my CPAN stuff. I would add taint because I'm not sure what Win32::OLE is going to return to me. I'd like to see if Perl trusts it before I do.

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Being unknowing, is not the same as being stupid.
Expressing a contrary opinion, whether to the individual or the group, is more often a sign of deeper thought than of cantankerous belligerence.
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