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Re^2: Edifact anyone?

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 16, 2013 at 23:18 UTC ( #1067387=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Edifact anyone?
in thread Edifact anyone?

I'd caution against using experimental features in production code.

You're not alone, but you don't say why?


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Re^3: Edifact anyone?
by kcott (Abbot) on Dec 17, 2013 at 04:09 UTC
    "You're not alone, but you don't say why?"

    Skeeve's been here for 10 years and has made 799 posts. He probably knows "why". He certainly knows how to ask if he doesn't.

    -- Ken

      "You're not alone, but you don't say why?"

      Skeeve's been here for 10 years and has made 799 posts. He probably knows "why". He certainly knows how to ask if he doesn't.

      So why don't you say why? Not everybody knows (I don't)

        Release of a feature marked “experimental” is really a form of beta testing. Three issues come to mind (there may be others):

        1. The edge cases are not (fully) documented, as they haven’t all been found yet. So the current behaviour of the feature is not entirely dependable.

        2. As edge cases are found, the feature’s implementation will likely change in future releases. So the current behaviour may change, and code which uses the feature in its present implementation may need to be tweaked.

        3. Or the feature may be deprecated (see Smartmatch alternatives) and eventually removed, so that code which uses the feature may need to be re-written altogether in the future.

        In summary: code using an experimental feature requires more stringent testing now, and (potentially) greater maintenance in the future. For production code, it’s wise to avoid these pitfalls wherever possible.

        Hope that helps,

        Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

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