Recently in the Chatterbox, while musing about perl idioms
and whatnot, a well-known perl advocate interjected that he
was considering writing a book on "Perl Second-Best Practices."
This interjection was of course recognized as a humorous remark,
but it got me to thinking. Why not? There *must* be times when you
think to yourself:
"Hmmm ... I know this shouldn't be in my code, but ..."
and then you apply whatever justification to go ahead and do it anyway.
Sometimes those justifications are out of ignorance. Sometimes they
are not. The kind I am interested in are the latter.
Specifically: are there any "Second-Best" practices that you use on a regular
basis? If so, why? I post this to see if any of you are willing
to publically admit to it. You know you're out there.