I'm always leery of these "this other guys code was a mess"
comments. Certainly it's sometimes (mostly?) true, but "messy" is in the eye of the beholder.
For example, I tend to use lots of temporary variables where
they probably aren't needed. I've gotten negative feedback
on that. I think, however, that they make the code more
# crypt the password
my $salt= $chars[rand(@chars)] . $chars[rand(@chars)];
Now, the @chars and $salt variables aren't really needed, and I could
have done something like:
my $crypted = crypt( $password, join( '',
('.', '/', 0..9, 'A'..'Z', 'a'..'z')[rand 64, rand 64]));
which is more compact, but less readable, IMO.
I've also gotten negative feedback on code reviews for
overly defensive programming, which again, adds lines
of code and generally makes for more "mess". ( additional
eval blocks, lots of defined() calls, etc).
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