Very strongly agree.
The problem with a more “lackadaisical” coding style is that it is not immediately apparent what the actual return-value will be ... let alone what it was intended to be. Even in the case at bar, we see this: Perl did exactly what it is programmed to do, but the author mistook what that would turn out to be. (The next person to come along, now frantically trying to find the obscure bug that is torching a production system, is even more “sunk.”)
If a function returns a value, you should always IMHO return $some_value;. If the function makes decisions such that it could have more than one “intended result,” put an appropriate return statement at each point. Not only is there no good reason to let control “dribble down” to the endpoint of the routine, but a subtle and unexpected bug might be introduced if additional code were added at the end of the routine. Code for clarity. Hair-follicles are a precious thing.
Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
Please read these before you post! —
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
- a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
| & || & |
| < || < |
| > || > |
| [ || [ |
| ] || ] ||