Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Problems? Is your data what you think it is?

Comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
I have great sympathy with your perspective, and on some levels I agree with you. Bad perl code is very bad.

I had a discussion regarding perl with a friend whose opinions I respect. He suggested that often when I look at perl and see it as line noise I am missing many subtleties because of my inexperience with the language. This is a point I had not considered but one I have sympathy for. Good code is a universal concept, universal across all languages. Good code comunicates intent along with performing some function. The (valid) critique you were making is that on occasion that intent is not as clear as it could be. It is possible, for ME at least, that sometimes the intent is clear I just cant read it? I understand the individual subs and symbols but do not YET fully understand the idioms and patterns of perl. Tiss a thing I am still learning.

Most other languages I use the symbols and methods dictate the flow. Perl is more subtle and complex the symbols and subs combine to produce the flow it is only with experience that full apreciation is possible. I almost thing that perl should be marked as a catagory aside a special methodolgy not complex or clever just different. More akin to natural languge where the context is as important as the symbol.


In reply to Re: Perverse Unreadable Code by zigster
in thread Perverse Unreadable Code by Anonymous Monk

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • 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:
    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
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others contemplating the Monastery: (6)
    As of 2015-12-01 12:28 GMT
    Find Nodes?
      Voting Booth?

      My keyboard shows this many letters:

      Results (9 votes), past polls