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Re^8: Real life uses for closures. (update: disambiguation)

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on Feb 14, 2013 at 20:09 UTC ( #1018777=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^7: Real life uses for closures. (update: disambiguation)
in thread Real life uses for closures.

Anyway.... I've taken us way off topic. I apologize for rambling in your thread. :)

Actually, you haven't. The underlying motivation behind my asking the OP question was itself pretty off-topic -- though underlying that is very Perl-related -- and it is my belief that a truly modern (rather than a labeled-modern dialect), computer language like C++11 (or D2 or few others), is the future of Perl.

That is to say, I think that everything that is wrong with Perl5; and all the things that have gone wrong with the previous and ongoing attempts to implement Perl6; are firmly routed in the archaic programming languages and practices that have been and continue to be used to implement their infrastructure:

  • Using macros to force inlining -- whether beneficial or not -- instead of inline functions.
  • malloc & free rather than RAII;
  • The pile'em high, wherever-it-fits heap-based memory use.
  • Pointers instead of references;
  • Consting & copying rather than move semantics in an attempt to solve the shared state problem.
  • Emulating a register-rich cpu in software, atop inherently register-poor, stack-based hardware.
  • Non-reentrant libraries, non-PIC, and god-object context encapsulation.
  • Code that leaves the requirements of multi-threading to be retrofitted as an afterthought.

Until and unless truly modern coding practices are used to (re-)construct the infrastructure required to support dynamic languages -- Perl -- they will surely become less and less relevant in a modern world.

So far from off-topic rambling, your bringing up C++11 was right on-topic for the thought processes that led to this thread. Thank you.

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[Cosmic37]: I'm wondering whether there is a specific/(or at least "usual") command or does one take a copy before undefining and then copy it back after slurping file into a string?
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