The popular SOAP::Lite
module chains method calls together:
I find this totally confusing and not at all intuitive. Why on earth would an object return a copy of itself in response to a setter? It makes no sense. It also seems like it would make debugging harder because it jams all of these method calls onto a single line, albeit a line with whitespace.
I know that I can call these methods in the normal way, but all the documentation, including the O'Reilly books, is written with this style. I have also noticed that this style is spreading. Ovid is using it in his new HTML parsing module.
So I'm curious: am I the only one who thinks this style is terrible? Do other people all love it?