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Re: Special cases make special community

by deprecated (Priest)
on Feb 03, 2009 at 19:36 UTC ( #741099=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Special cases make special community

    I like these extra features. It's fun, like discovering a pocket you didn't know you had in a garment you've worn for years. Still, I wonder sometimes if Perl's casual observers are put off by these things. My guess is that it depends on one's attitude. Some are (as I am) delighted by discovering something new in something old. Others may be dismayed that they did not know the language as well as they thought and may even despair that they'll never master it as they'd like.
I don't recall the last time I ever "discovered" a feature in a function I use in perl, as you described the default to $_ above. Rather, I go about things the opposite way (if you could call that). I use the internal functions the way I'd expect them to, and I'm pleasantly surprised when they allow me to use them that way.

This is probably what leads to people thinking perl is hard to read, as you alluded to. My personal opinion on the matter is that people are trying to read perl without taking into consideration the style of the individual programmer. My feeling is that's the reader's fault, not the programmer. But this is why we have the little "+" and "-" buttons.

Tilly is my hero.

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[Corion]: :-D
Corion discovers a new shiny toy to try out over the (longish) weekend. Since I've done some more with websockets, maybe I'll try writing a webserver that implements hot-reloading of HTML(+CSS, +Javascript) in the browser. Edit the local file and ...
[Corion]: ... the browser(s) get a ping to a) refresh the page or b) reload "just" the changed parts, keeping the scroll position etc.
[Corion]: But I also have to look at how I can make WWW::Mechanize:: RemoteBrowser a reality, and how to make it safe from malicious content ;)
[Corion]: Part of wanting hot-reloading is that I think I've stumbled on a very simple set of CSS that I maybe want to use for a blog, but I want to try that out on mobile too, and I also want to add/modify it slightly so it has a header too...
[Corion]: ... and having hot reloading would make it easy to view the changes in multiple browser windows of different sizes, and on Android, simultaneously

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