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Re^2: My Perl code can be understood by...

by TimButterfield (Monk)
on Feb 21, 2008 at 21:31 UTC ( #669390=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: My Perl code can be understood by...
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I guess a factor in determining intended complexity may be the intended audience. For me, that audience is the non-Perl programmers who will inherit the code when my contract is over. Even though most of what I write is only for my use (that's how I sell it), I leave the code behind when I leave the contract, but with the hopes that someone else will look at it and try to use it. I want to make that use as easy as possible for them. If I were writing a module for CPAN with the intended audience being other Perl developers, the intended complexity level could safely jump way up.


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Re^3: My Perl code can be understood by...
by Joost (Canon) on Feb 21, 2008 at 21:49 UTC
    I guess a factor in determining intended complexity may be the intended audience.
    True.

    I write most of my perl code these days for a client that wants me get the *hard* things done, and has the expertise to make sense of the code - at least, once I explain some things :) Most of my CPAN code is probably more straight-forward, just because the problems solved there are easier.

    On the other hand, if I had to do the kind of stuff I'm getting paid for right now, and also had to cater to not very experienced perl programmers, I would estimate the most efficient use of our time would be for someone (or even me) to give them a really intensive course in advanced perl programming for a month or two.

    IOW: it's not just the target audience, the problem domain is also important. Some things just can't be solved correctly or "maintainably" with only minimal skills. In those cases, it's better to try to raise the skill level (in whatever way suits the business).

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