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Re^3: Free Perl IDE for a begginer

by misc (Pilgrim)
on Jan 14, 2008 at 15:31 UTC ( #662296=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Free Perl IDE for a begginer
in thread Free Perl IDE for a begginer

I'm no expert.
I just have fun with programming..

But, ugly code is awful.
And definitely not the way of the lowest resitance.

Why ?
I believe you can do fast and simple hacks - which will work and do what you want.
But, if you e.g. instead of writing some functions, modules, .. , just hack a script with a few hundred lines without a structure at all, it will work now - but it's extremely hard to maintain such a thing.

So instead of thinking about a concept - which needs some time -, and having the experience that it's possible to materialize your thoughts in a program, you just hack it down. And if there are needed changes in the script (as always), the script will get uglier and uglier - until you don't know anymore at all what the heck is happening in your program. Which is quite frustrating, time expensive, and you'll need a debugger(.-)).

On the other hand I've always made the experience that some thoughts about the structure before starting to code pay out.
It's a great feeling to me to find solutions - and you'll be able to change your scripts with much less work.

So I'd like to propose structured and well thought solutions - Although perhaps this could seem like unneccessary work

Have fun :-)

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[Corion]: GotToBTru: Yeah, I started a quick(ly implemented but slowly running) implementation of a program that would guess the "best" configuration (that is, least amount of changes) from my code, but then found that it stops parsing the source as soon as it ..
[GotToBTru]: sadly, it can't do anything about this
[Corion]: ... encounters sub foo($bar,$baz) {, which is something I like nowadays
[Corion]: GotToBTru: Yeah, that stuff is hard to do away automatically ;)
[GotToBTru]: yeah, you mentioned it could not handle signatures
[Corion]: And so far I like signatures and nobody has yet come up to me and screamed at me for implementing a source filter to handle them even on early Perl versions ;)

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