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Hiding the Module 'Path'by dvergin (Monsignor)
|on Jan 26, 2002 at 08:03 UTC||Need Help??|
dvergin has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
Here's one that caused me to sit back and go, "Hmmmm...".
Reading through some well-distributed code I found this near the top of the main script:
Now, although I have never seen the little meme in that BEGIN block before, I understand what it is doing. (That's not the question.) My question is this: "is this a Good Practice?" What is the point?
So far as I can see, this bit of source-hiding simply saves a few keystrokes near the top of the file. And if done to access it could lead to some maintainance annoyances. Imagine adding several module paths to @INC and then trying to find the modules later: "Let's see, I wonder if the module referred to in 'use Parser' is XML::Parser or HTML::Parser..."
It's cute. It's slick. But is it Good?
Update: Thanks to the responders below for confirming my misgivings. I'm open to learn new approaches, but this one felt wrong from the get-go.