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Re^4: Writing a better Modern::Perl
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or "this code will trigger a bug in 5.YYY, which was fixed in 5.XXX".There wouldn't be a need for a pragma in that scenario. features is used for backwards incompatible changes, not pure bug fixes.
I may not have expressed myself well enough. What I mean is that sometimes I put a "use 5.006;" (to take an example) on the code, not because it uses a feature that isn't present in 5.005, but because it uses a construct that triggers a bug in 5.00504. (I remember a long debugging session related to regexes, where I was initially unable to reproduce to reported issue - it turned out the regex triggered a bug in one of the latest minor releases of the previous major release).
Now it mean "if you try to run this with 5.YYY, I'm going to keep quiet if you screw up". Not what I expect of a helpful language.I don't know what you mean. What errors does use 5.xxx; silence?
What I mean is the following:
... code ...
Note the absence of 'use strict;', because it's implied by the use 5.012. Someone comes along, who notices the code actually runs fine under 5.10 (its extensive test suite passes). Removal of the 'use 5.012' (or changing it to 'use 5.010') means that the code isn't protected by 'use strict'. Hence, any further modification of the code is subject to the same dangers any code without 'use strict' is.