Re^2: getting rid of special featuresby LanX (Chancellor)
|on Feb 17, 2013 at 14:10 UTC||Need Help??|
> I do. It happens to align nicely to the way popular spreadsheet calculations label their columns, and many non-geeks can make sense of it.
actually I don't wanna get rid of the feature but of the syntax.
better something like strinc() which does the same.
(EDIT: Out of millions of postincs only few are supposed to increment strings, no need to share the operator.)
> an empty regex matching the same as the previous match (instead of disallowing it, or matching the empty string), which is especially annoying if it's not obvious that $re is empty.
I'm using this productively¹, but again I'd rather prefer another syntax, something like m/$¬LAST/ for matching the last successful regex.
> So rather deprecate stuff (with long enough deprecation periods to give even slow-moving companies the chance to crawl along) than layer more complexity on top of it.
we had a keynote talk about this in Riga ...
... but I asked about the chances that this really happens soon.
These side-effects make translating Perl5 to other languages a pain in the *ss.
perlito for instance gets it "wrong".
If you think about the steps needed to mimic this behaviour in JS ... maybe with something like a function
which handles the cases it gets incredible complicated and slow for such a basic operation like ++, especially because JS can't do call-by-references.