I am looking in the future to what my next program is likely
to become and I can forsee that different people are going
to want different database connections and/or platforms.
What can I do to make my life easier when someone comes back
to me saying "oh, could you make it do this instead"? I
don't want to go messing in the guts of a program and create
incompatabilities while trying to add new functionality.
It's original form would just be one long program in Perl/TK
(Java is the other option) providing an interface to a
database for a barcode scanner under Win98, but I have my
choice of Oracle or Access (and MySQL is always lurking in
wings) and, who knows, the platform may move to WinXP or
Linux. I want users to install it as painlessly as possible
along with the required Perl and TK libraries. Am I
looking at simply parsing command line options with GetOpt
or should I go full blown control with MakeMaker?
sure what I should be running make on, tho)
What I'm looking for are ideas on good project
management, so that I don't end up down some dark alley
late at night. Many thanks: