|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re: Re: Re: Inline POD vs. EOF PODby jplindstrom (Monsignor)
|on Jul 12, 2001 at 19:51 UTC||Need Help??|
Now you are describing a very specific situation, which is a far cry from your earlier "everyone will use inline POD if the syntax gets changed".
I don't think it was me saying that, but never mind.
The "specific situation" is one that I encounter every day: I author and maintain a number of programs/applications written in Perl. I put common stuff into general CPAN-style modules, but the actual program functionality is always a number of very domain specific classes whose interface needs to be documented. For that I use POD which I think works fine, especially since I also use a POD/module browser that will jump me right into the source when I need that.
Writing CPAN modules is another "specific sitation", although a more common one for some people.
Again -- the interface needs to be documented, the usage too. The interface should be documented near the implementation, hence inline POD. The usage should be described and explained. EOF or BOF POD is perhaps more natural in this case.
The issue of where to place POD (if that's what you like best) is maybe not "either-or", rather "both", since both are needed.
New revised personal preference :)