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Most Perl experts discourage the use of string eval. For example:

  • merlyn in •Re^2: Dynamically constructed function calls states: Do not resort to eval-string if other means are available. You're firing up the compiler (slower than almost any other solution), and exposing yourself to hard to debug and hard to secure practices.
  • TheDamian in Perl Best Practices in Chapter 8 has a guideline titled: Avoid string eval. Damian argues that string eval can be slow; produces run time warnings rather than more desirable compile time warnings; and code that generates other code tends to be harder to maintain. He further advises you to use anonymous subroutines and the CPAN Sub::Installer module when you have a need to create new subroutines that are built around some expression that the user supplies.

Update: In this quiz of the week MJD states:

A good rule of thumb is that unless what you're trying to do is most clearly described as "compile and run arbitrary Perl code", it's probably a mistake to use 'eval' to do it.


In reply to Re: Small examples of string eval by eyepopslikeamosquito
in thread Small examples of string eval by spurperl

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