Why is this list called Perl best practices?
I prefer to have two separate lists: one for general
programming practices, another for language-specific ones.
The general, language-independent list tends to be
the more important and interesting of the two IMHO.
Most language-specific items, such as
"start each file with use strict"
"use three-argument open and lexical file handles"
are easily detected by a tool, such as Perl::Critic.
The general list, OTOH, usually requires a human with
good taste to adjudicate.
The point that sound programming is mostly language
independent was well made by chromatic in
response to a
reddit post extolling Python's "readability":
Pray tell, how precisely does Python prevent you
from using bad variable names?
How does Python enforce good encapsulation?
How does Python detect methods and functions that are too long?
How does Python help you avoid poor coupling and
promote wise decomposition?
Does Python write good documentation for you?
Does Python require comprehensive testing?