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Re^2: Critique of Where Perl 6 is Heading on Freshmeat.net

by steves (Curate)
on Oct 16, 2004 at 22:27 UTC ( #399834=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Critique of Where Perl 6 is Heading on Freshmeat.net
in thread Critique of Where Perl 6 is Heading on Freshmeat.net

Interesting tangent about syntactic elegance ... I have not seen enough differences in Perl6 to say it has significant syntactic elegance over Perl5. Can you point out some specific examples?

You mention COBOL which I had the (mis)fortune of getting paid to program in for a short time back when I was a college intern. In addition to liberal GOTO use, the code was peppered with ALTER statements, which is COBOL's way of writing self modifying code. So, far from being elegant to maintain, it was a syntactically pleasing maintenance nightmare I inherited.

After that I worked on some easy to maintain C, then C++, then C code. C is really only a step or two above assembler if you look at it honestly. The reason for the ease of maintenance had less to do with the language than it did with the design and with the logical way the problems were abstracted and factored down to interfaces.

So I'm not sure I believe that syntactic changes will make a huge difference, although I agree with you that coming more towards that Java-like middle ground syntax helps those less capable programmers pick things up faster.

Then there's the Java code I inherited that had one method named main ...

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[1nickt]: marioroy Yes, I am using it with MCE, as is Discipulus I believe. I was trying to work out how to make a cpanfile that would be smart enough to know which deps to require.
[1nickt]: See this code. (I expected to simply eval loading threads as a check, but weirdness happened with Perlbrew so it's a grep of -V ...)
[choroba]: Config might be better than grepping -V
[Corion]: Also see Config::V, which is less of that hackery, or that hackery hidden in a module ;)
[1nickt]: The problem was with Perlbrew
[Corion]: Whoops - Config::Perl::V
[1nickt]: I found that when using Perlbrew as recommended, with cpanminus in the system perl lib, such tests were failing to detect the data about the perl that was the install destination.

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