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Re: still support old version?

by boftx (Deacon)
on Sep 19, 2013 at 06:42 UTC ( #1054783=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to still support old version?

This is a topic that borders on religion, politics, and what is the best Scotch (Glenmorangie.)

After reading, and posting, many comments on this, I have come to the conclusion that whenever possible I will write code that will run on 5.8.8 if it is intended for public consumption such as on CPAN. That said, when working in a private, dedicated environment (such as work) where we have full control over what is installed then I feel free to take advantage of whatever features are available with our version of Perl (currently v5.16.)

I concur with the preceding post that 5.8.8 (and arguably 5.8.9) is so common because of the length of time before 5.10 came out. I also agree with the speculation that the frequent updates since then have prevented any single version of Perl (starting with 5.10) since then from gaining widespread acceptance as being the de-facto standard. (I would entertain arguments that 5.10 should be the new minimum version to code to.)

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[Lady_Aleena]: Um, what?
[james28909]: check is is data or hash or array and do tasks then return needed data
[Lady_Aleena]: james28909, you might want to look at the other two on my scratchpad.
[james28909]: after you send to a sub, you can check if it is array or ref ect with ref
[james28909]: check if it is a hash or an array ect with ref in one sub.
[james28909]: like all the subs calling get_data get_array get_ect, you could just use get_data. once you send the data to get_data, check if it is a hash or an array ect. and do functions for each, in one sub
[james28909]: that looks like it would be alot more work than just renaming the sub though lol

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