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Re: Re: Re: Re: Programming Laws

by Jenda (Abbot)
on Mar 23, 2003 at 16:24 UTC ( #245284=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: Programming Laws
in thread Programming Laws

The project I inherited and now spend most of my time with is full of these. And they could not even misspell consistently :-(

Jenda
Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
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[Corion]: But maybe there is some other Unicode string that will be true but have a zero width
[hippo]: For explanation, I've seen this construct in someone else's code (no names, no pack drill) and couldn't think of a situation to trigger it.
[Corion]: You'll have to look somewhere esoteric for that. Maybe some tied variable or special dualvar can also trigger that. But it's certainly not a common occurrence
[Corion]: And on 5.20, the following also outputs no find:perl -wle 'for my $x ("\x{2000}".."\ x{1fffff}") { if( $x && ! length $x ) { warn qq(<$x>); warn length $x; die } }'
[Corion]: (this time on Unix)
[hippo]: Understood. I'll have to go through the code and see if it's doing anything fancy with ties, dual-vars or non-scalars. In the end, it's probably a bug though.
[Corion]: Aaah - you should be able to do this with overload, but I would hit somebody really hard if they constructed objects that are true but the empty string, and you not knowing about the domain knowledge where this makes sense

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