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Steve Bertrand
August 13, 2009 17:25
Coding best practices
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There are many senior (ie. *very* *very* respected/acknowledged in the
community), Perl programmers on this list, who still take the time to
answer questions on what may seem like an insignificant list.

Many of these people have helped me, even directly.

The more I read the books, the more I appreciate the 'chapters' prior to
the table of contents. I would never have guessed/believed that so many
authors and people who are continuously mentioned in the
'acknowledgement/appreciation' sections would stick to the roots for so
long, and continue to have desire to not think they are above themselves.

It goes without saying that there are also many other people here who I
haven't come across their name in a book (yet) that deserve this same
accreditation. I often wonder how authors decide on who's name to
insert... it's just easier to say "you know who you are" ;)

Everyone here has made me realize how much I really enjoy programming
(Perl). Knowing who reads this list reinforces the fact that those who
produce the literature are here to stay, and to help.

Not only do I appreciate those who reply day-to-day, but also those who
speak up when a question/technique/idiom is right up their alley. I also
enjoy when the 'big boys' stand up to one another from time to time.

Enough with the sentimental stuff now. A few questions:

- is "Perl Best Practises" what most of you use as general guidelines?
IOW, if I continue reading it, will you be able to better understand my
code (even though I stick with a few _small_ personal techniques)? From
what I've read so far, I'm better understanding many of Uri's past
comments a lot better

- after many years, I've finally made the switch from a simple editor
(ee) to Vim. A *huge* difference. In three days, I can't believe what I
can do already. In all of my files, I've changed from \t to four-space
tabs. Beyond that, I've run many of my module files into Perl::Critic.

Is Perl::Critic recommended, and whether it is or isn't, are there any
other Best Practises you can recommend, so I can review/change my
existing code prior to moving forward again?

- what other Perl lists/sites can you recommend to me? fwiw, I prefer
mail lists or newsgroups, as I don't have to bother browsing all over
the web.

- what in God's name is Abigail's last name?


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