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From:
Ronald J Kimball
Date:
August 23, 2001 08:27
Subject:
Re: [PATCH 2 of 3] $] is deprecated - EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE
Message ID:
20010823112723.B83358@linguist.thayer.dartmouth.edu
On Thu, Aug 23, 2001 at 07:33:32AM -0700, Gurusamy Sarathy wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Aug 2001 10:08:27 EDT, John Peacock wrote:
> >Ronald J Kimball wrote:
> >> (Have I mentioned lately how much I dislike version
> >> strings?)
> 
> Er, the way I know them, they're no different than regular strings.
> What's not to like?

Well, since you asked...  ;)


The Top 5 Reasons Version Strings Really Suck:

5. Version numbers can be printed directly.  Version strings have to be
   reformatted in order to be printed.

4. The version string 5.6.1 corresponds to the numeric version 5.006_001,
   but not to the version string 5.006.001, because that's unsupported.

3. The v is optional, sometimes.  5.6.1 is a version string, but 5.6 isn't.
   And what about v5?

2. It's a method for ensuring the version of perl, but it's not compatible
   with older versions of perl.  What a brilliant idea!

1. Is v1.300 equal to v1.196.172?  Yes.  I mean no.  I mean...  What was
   the question again?



Ronald

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