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"G.W. Haywood" via perl5-porters
June 24, 2022 14:26
Re: disabling smartmatch and when()?
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Hi there,

On Fri, 24 Jun 2022, Ricardo Signes wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 21, 2022, at 04:45, Paul "LeoNerd" Evans wrote:
>> I think there's two things we need to do:
>> 1) Make ~~ and given/when much louder about their "you shouldn't use
>>     this for new code" status;
> Agreed.  Let's do that immediately?
>> 2) Create a better replacement
> I'm all for having a better replacement, but I continue to strongly oppose the idea that we *need* one to remove the old thing.
> I write a lot of Perl, and have since before smartmatch was introduced.  I never used smartmatch for much.  I have banned it from my projects.  I have seen it largely unused.  Nothing it does can't be done some other way already, although sometime more verbosely.  We don't need a replacement, because *we have gotten along fine without using it for 20 years.*
> A replacement would be nice, if it's good, but it doesn't need to exist before we take the old thing out.

My sentiments exactly.

I briefly flirted with 'given'.  In 2017 I abandoned it, and swore that it would be forever.

Even if there's a new one, I doubt I'd take the risk.



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