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Re^4: Some thoughts around the "is Perl code maintainable" discussion

by mreece (Friar)
on Aug 12, 2007 at 00:31 UTC ( #631995=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Some thoughts around the "is Perl code maintainable" discussion
in thread Some thoughts around the "is Perl code maintainable" discussion

If your maintenance programmers can't handle the style of syntax your organization uses ...
is it just me, or is that getting a little harder lately? finding maintenance programmers who are familiar with Perl's vast syntax, i mean.
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Re^5: Some thoughts around the "is Perl code maintainable" discussion
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Aug 12, 2007 at 00:43 UTC

    I don't know; I'm not in the business of hiring programmers.

    I do know that if you just throw code over the wall to programmers so junior that they get stuck with maintenance until they get promoted out of that swamp, you've increased the risk of failure on your project.

    I suspect that finding good programmers and training them to work with your coding standards and problem domain will help. So will taking software maintenance seriously instead of treating it like diaper duty.

      diaper duty is serious stuff. neglect it for more than a few hours, and you are likely to have a serious mess to deal with.

      anecdotally, it seems dev companies are using less and less perl not because it is unmaintainable syntax-wise but that it is unmaintainable resource-wise. maybe the two are related, maybe not.

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