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For counterpoint. One wonders how many of those who are advocating dumbing down this simple code, actually had any trouble understanding it? There is a common theme here where people tend to say: I understand it now, but a maintenance programmer (or you) 6 months from now may not. Even though they have just encountered the code for the first time and so are in exactly the same position as the mythical maintenance programmer will be in 6 months from now.

With the exception of the possible abiguity of the use of / / as the parameter to split--which in the light of knowledge of the code, may not be ambiguous at all--anyone not immediately able to understand this code, should probably not be maintaining Perl code anyway.

What is the point of using a Very High Level Language (VHLL), if you mandate not using it's high level facilities? If these people ever opt to use Perl 6, they will only ever use 50% of it facilities, because they will reject the rest on the basis that it is too complex.


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In reply to Re: Should I leave behind beautiful code or readable code? by BrowserUk
in thread Should I leave behind beautiful code or readable code? by MaxKlokan

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