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Re^4: List::Compare

by jkeenan1 (Deacon)
on Feb 18, 2006 at 22:12 UTC ( #531173=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: List::Compare
in thread List::Compare

It was only today that I saw that many moons ago davorg wrote:

I spend a lot of time helping out on Perl beginners' forums and one of the most common errors I see is the confusion between lists and arrays. Having that confusion backed up in the name of a CPAN module doesn't really help matters.

I concede the point. In hindsight, I probably should have called it Set::Compare (which apparently is still unspoken for!). That name could have encompassed comparisons of arrays and comparison of seen-hashes, both of which List::Compare can do.

But people are using List::Compare in production, so I think changing the name would only add to the confusion. (I have changed the names of other CPAN modules in response to feedback from other Perl hackers, so I'm not just being persnickety.)

What I can do is, since I've now got a mailing list for List-Compare, to add this as an FAQ.

Jim Keenan

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Re^5: List::Compare
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Feb 19, 2006 at 23:25 UTC

    You could rename the module and put a stub called List::Compare into the new distribution. The stub would just defer to Set::Compare (after throwing a warning, when warnings are enabled). That would allow a completely seamless upgrade.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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