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I guess must be being thick here, but...

If you do not use use_ok, then what symbols are defined in or by the module prior to the compilation error is irrelevant, because the script that uses that module will be aborted:

C:\test>type Existant.pm package Existant; fi( 'A' == 'B' ) { print 'hi' } 1; C:\test>perl -le"use Existant; print 'Hi';" syntax error at Existant.pm line 2, near ") {" Compilation failed in require at -e line 1. BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at -e line 1.

So, if all you are going to do if the use_ok fails, is exit, you've gone to a lot of trouble for nothing.

And along the way you've thrown away all that nice information telling you what went wrong and where.

Any way I look at that, it is a net loss. And a major one that requires me to write another script or one-liner and run it in order to retrieve that information.


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In reply to Re^7: Does anybody write tests first? by BrowserUk
in thread Does anybody write tests first? by amarquis

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