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Glenn Linderman
July 28, 2008 15:01
Re: Alarums and Excursions
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On approximately 7/28/2008 2:26 PM, came the following characters from 
the keyboard of Sean O'Rourke:
> Tels <> writes:
>> On Monday 28 July 2008 18:08:41 Abigail wrote:
>>> In fact, the fast
>>> majority of the Perl programmers out there doesn't read any
>>> mailinglist, nor do they participate in anyway in the "Perl
>>> community". Only a tiny minority has code on CPAN.
>> So we are back to guesswork. I'd venture that "the vast majority of Perl 
>> programmers" doesn't know that using "<>" without -T is a security 
>> problem. 
> I'm just a single datapoint, but I find this feature useful, and
> am hoping this whole thing ends up as just an endless mailing
> list discussion.

Maybe you should describe how it makes your life easier, and how you 
avoid the surprises (not using "funny" file names suffices for personal 
code, of course, but if you release code with this feature to others, 
how do you protect them?).

This could provide enlightment (rather just a "maintain compatibility" 
drumbeat, of which we have had enough by now), and possibly affect 
opinions about the matter.

Glenn --
A protocol is complete when there is nothing left to remove.
-- Stuart Cheshire, Apple Computer, regarding Zero Configuration Networking

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