That doesn't mean we *want* to copy VB. Personally, I hate having to haul around a runtime with my (few) VB programs.
evals are the reason I want you to *tell* the compiler if you're using something. One of the things I really don't want to do is outsmart the programmer. We should have switches to exclude certain functionality that already exists in the Perl core for size reasons. (For the purposes of this article, I'm using a --no=feature switch.) Perhaps we can have it say, "WARNING: You don't seem to be using regular expressions. Support for them can be excluded with the --no=re flag. (This warning can be disabled with the --notips flag.)" (Or whatever.)
To pull that off, someone needs to wade through the core and find all the entry functions for regexen--then we just make those die on entry and delete the other regex functions. Unless someone already knows this--anybody?
@HPAJ=split("", "rekcaH lreP rentonA tsuJ");
print reverse @HPAJ; #sucky but who cares?