in reply to Perl best practices fanatism
I like Perl::Critic, but once in a while I run across a policy that's completely wrong. My personal example today is the one to prohibit conditionals in declarations. That's right for lexicals, because of the unwarned and almost always entirely unwanted pseudo-static behavior exhibited through Perl 5.8... but the policy bafflingly warns about the construct for local variables, which do not exhibit this problem at all.
If I could remember the name of the policy, I'd file a bug against it.