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Re^2: Responsibilities of a module author

by tirwhan (Abbot)
on Nov 24, 2005 at 14:06 UTC ( #511437=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Responsibilities of a module author
in thread Responsibilities of a module author

Umm, define "core". The perldoc to Switch states "There are undoubtedly serious bugs lurking somewhere in code this funky" and then goes on at some lengths about the limitations of source filters. TheDamian (the original author) categorizes Switch as a module "...you shouldn't use in production...", because it's an experiment. Given that, it'd take some pretty serious convincing for me to use the module for anything serious(especially since the functionality it implements is otherwise available).

Update: itub defined "core" for me, thanks :-). I missed it because Switch.pm isn't listed at the perl.5.8.7 page at search.cpan.org, though the download does contain it. Curious indeed.


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Re^3: Responsibilities of a module author
by itub (Priest) on Nov 24, 2005 at 14:20 UTC
    It is "core" because it comes with the perl distribution. People tend to (sometimes mistakedly, I have found!) trust those modules as more stable and reliable than the modules that are only found on CPAN. Why is it in the core if shouldn't be used in production? I don't know, but my guess is that it was a response to all the people who complain that Perl doesn't have a switch statement.
      Its a mistake that Switch is in core, but once in core, always in core.

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