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Re: A decade in the Monastery

by talexb (Canon)
on Jul 12, 2010 at 18:35 UTC ( #849076=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to A decade in the Monastery

This afternoon I finished making a few changes in my code, including changing a temporary filename into a temporary filehandle. Once the caller and the callee were changed, I ran the tests for that chunk of code, and as expected all tests passed. I celebrated for a microsecond, then got on with the next thing.

Later, a Google searched landed me on PM, and out of habit I read a few nodes, and your post reminded me once again that Perl has an outstanding software engineering framework. Before I became a PM regular, tests were a Software QA thing that didn't involve me. Now, developing code without tests gives me an uneasy feeling, like driving anywhere without my seat-belt fastened.

I know I owe a lot to this terrific community. I'm a way better developer since going to YAPC and joining this group.

And ten years ago I was using a Windows 98 box, editing locally and ftp'ing the files to the Debian server I was developing for, so terrified was I of vim. My latest project is a second NFS server with dual 1T drives. Ten years is a yawning chasm of change.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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Re^2: A decade in the Monastery
by dws (Chancellor) on Jul 12, 2010 at 20:07 UTC

    Thanks. I missed that part.

    Ten years ago, a project with unit tests was a pleasant anomaly. Now, a project without tests is irresponsible.

    That's a huge step forward, and Perl was out ahead of it.

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