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Re: "how do you design your APIs?"

by bsb (Priest)
on Mar 23, 2004 at 22:54 UTC ( #339239=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Ingy's "Swiss Army Light Sabre" - or, "how do you design your APIs?"

Often you want two APIs, a comprehensive and flexible one, and an idiomatic DWIM wrapper Blah::Simple.

One way to reality check your design decisions is to compare your API to another API from a different but comparable domain.

Another test (that I need) is to return to your design after some months. "What was I thinking?!" is often the result when you lose the blinkers of your original problem.

I don't like API designs that second guess you, nor those that strictly follow a non-Perlish design (usually found in library or system wrappers)

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[shmem]: well, previous to that << was always treated as the left-shift operator
[Eily]: or the here-doc operator
[Eily]: which is actually how it is parsed in this case
[shmem]: older versions of perl can't guess that "use of <<>> may be implemented someday" :D
Discipulus how much wise my brothers are? ;=)
[karlgoethebier]: thanks ;-
[karlgoethebier]: ...to all for reading the manuals

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