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Re^4: What training do YOU need?

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Oct 22, 2002 at 13:30 UTC ( #207067=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: What training do YOU need?
in thread What training do YOU need?

Having said that in the time ive been using perl I think ive needed the construct a mere handful of times.

To reinforce the point.. I've literally never used it. There was not a single instance I wasn't equally or better served with the other constructs.

And to be honest, considering the number of cases I advised people not to use for(;;) for whatever they were using it for, and the number of times I restructured loops in others' code to not use it, if it was to disappear from the language I wouldn't shed a tear. Actually, scratch that, I'd be cheering.

Makeshifts last the longest.


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Re: Re^4: What training do YOU need?
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Oct 22, 2002 at 13:47 UTC
    ive needed the construct

    For the record I didn't mean for (;;) but rather the while () {} continue {} construct which once or twice ive found has come in useful. For instance

    while (<$fh>) { s/foo/bar/ and next; s/yada/yada/ and next; #lots more of the same } continue { print $_; }
    Which _can_ be written without the continue, but when the innerds get a bit complex the continue can result in simpler code. (Sorry, but I had to make it clear ive never written a perl script with for (;;) in it ;-)

    Actually, scratch that, I'd be cheering.

    No disagreement there... It was that construct that seriously put me off of C when I first encountered it. In fact I still haven't quite got over the trauma of having to use it. :-)

    Now, the question is will Perl 6 have the obscene construct in it? My guess is probably... *sigh*

    --- demerphq
    my friends call me, usually because I'm late....

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