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I appreciate your attempt to clarify your position regarding Test::* -- and I think you make (by proxy) a very good point about the critical role of thinking about a problem rather than falling back on rote process.
However, what I would really like to see are some examples of the practices -- varied though they might be to each situation -- that you have used as an alternative.
The one CPAN module I found (Win32::Fmode) is rather spare on testing -- perhaps a symptom of Test::More frustration rather than an alternative.
I'd be interested in a meditation from you that lays out a few case studies along the lines of:
I think this would do a lot to educate us not just on your position -- which I think I understand better now and respect the core principles of -- but on your practices, which I'd genuinely like to learn from (without adopting slavishly, of course).
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