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From:
Sean O'Rourke
Date:
December 27, 2007 08:43
Subject:
Re: 5.11 (or 12) and strict
Message ID:
m263ykw0n3.fsf@cs.ucsd.edu
Aristotle Pagaltzis <pagaltzis@gmx.de> writes:

> * Sean O'Rourke <seano@cs.ucsd.edu> [2007-12-27 07:40]:
>> That being said, the above quote basically says "if you want to
>> use some desirable feature (like given/when) that is in Perl >
>> 5.10, you must accept this other feature (strictures) P5P deems
>> healthy," which seems strangely authoritarian.
>
> It’s more like “if you want to *ALL* of Perl 5.12’s (not 5.10’s)
> desirable features, you’re also gonna get this other feature
> (strictures) that a large majority of programmers always want
> anyway, which you can turn off if you’re not one of them.”
>
> Doesn’t sound that authoritarian all of a sudden…

Um... yes, it still does: "if you want the latest version, follow
the herd."  It also sounds a bit non-empirical (and Unicode-happy
;).  Do you have any evidence of this "large majority"?  And even
if you do, do you think that a language should impose coding
standards (which is what strict boils down to) on its users?  For
example should C compilers complain if a user doesn't indent
blocks?

/s


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