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Re^3: On Commenting Out 'use strict;'

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Aug 14, 2005 at 04:45 UTC ( #483659=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: On Commenting Out 'use strict;'
in thread On Commenting Out 'use strict;'

I think we have a fundamental difference in assumption about what code is and what it is not. My assumption is that the code I write is not mine in the way that my underwear is mine. I write code that part of a group's work. The stuff I type in will be edited by someone else and I will be editing code that someone else typed in.

With that in mind, I have to try to write my code as strictly as possible. This means turning on all strictures and warnings. Now, I have, do, and will write code with soft references in it, in violation of strict-refs. I have, do, and will write code that needs no warnings 'uninitialized'.

I suspect the difference between you and I is that I am directly accountable to other people. These people are extremely programmers, but I'm still accountable to them. So, I have to demonstrate why I feel that strict-refs or no-warnings is appropriate.

The thing I always return to is that the warning is describing a potential error condition. By turning off warnings, I'm turning off a error-detector. Sometimes, it is annoying, but it's saved my butt at 3am on Saturday more often than I'd care to admit.


My criteria for good software:
  1. Does it work?
  2. Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?


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