perltux has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I use smartmatch for checking whether an integer number is within a certain range, like this:

if ( $number~~[1416..1494] ) { do whatever }

But since i upgraded to a recent Perl version i'm getting a "Smartmatch is deprecated" warning.

Why would such a useful operator be depreciated?

Do I really have to replace '~~' with:

if ( $number>=1416 and $number<=1494 ) { do whatever }

Is there a more elegant solution similar to the smartmatch example?

Also is this depreciation of smartmatch definitive or is there a chance that the Perl devs will change their mind and keep it?
Perl is great because of these brilliant operators, removing them removes a bit of the uniqueness of Perl.