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Re: 101 reasons to use strict;

by jepri (Parson)
on Sep 29, 2001 at 20:00 UTC ( #115633=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to 101 reasons to use strict;

I always wonder where people who don't use strict learned to program. Most (fully) compiled languages are much more harsh than 'strict' in Perl - you must predeclare *everything*, and you can never be ambiguous.

I freely confess that the thing that kept away from strict the most was the 'my' command - I didn't understand what it did. I kept searching through the docs trying to find out how to declare an 'int' or a 'string'. I can laugh about it now...

I previously wrote medium size programs in basic and found that after a few thousand lines the program fell apart - my best techniques couldn't cover up for my mistakes. I really appreciate strict. It's like having someone sitting behind me saying things like "you misspelt that".

I even get annoyed at it for things like not telling me when my variable goes out of scope and I get the wrong value because of the parent scope. Do what I mean!

I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.

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[ambrus]: ething that's both cleanly organized and mostly automated.
LanX in train, bad connection
[Corion]: ambrus: Yeah - we're in that situation too, except that there is no time to do the reorganizing :-/
[LanX]: ... so my boss started a project with the newest sun servers and invited the traders to come on weekend to test it... and they were so pleased, that they forced him to keep it in production...
[ambrus]: Corion: sure, this is the long-term plan. The short term is that I have to run this ungodly mess to get results from the new input data today.
[Corion]: ambrus: Most of our "automation" is tied to process exit codes and a shell pipeline :-\
[LanX]: ... a week later they realized that one of the databases - which recorded how much the other banks due to this bank - was not correctly plugged
[ambrus]: Corion: I have no problem with exit codes and shell pipeline. My problem is that the current process requires a lot of manual intervention from me, including editing the source codes.
[ambrus]: (Also a lot of manual intervention by two or three other co-workers, who do other parts of the process.)
[ambrus]: Some of the manual part is unavoidable, but not all.

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