I always wonder where people who don't
use strict learned to program. Most (fully) compiled languages are much more harsh than 'strict' in Perl - you must predeclare *everything*, and you can never be ambiguous.
I freely confess that the thing that kept away from strict the most was the 'my' command - I didn't understand what it did. I kept searching through the docs trying to find out how to declare an 'int' or a 'string'. I can laugh about it now...
I previously wrote medium size programs in basic and found that after a few thousand lines the program fell apart - my best techniques couldn't cover up for my mistakes. I really appreciate strict. It's like having someone sitting behind me saying things like "you misspelt that".
I even get annoyed at it for things like not telling me when my variable goes out of scope and I get the wrong value because of the parent scope. Do what I mean!
I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.
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