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Re: Warnings, strict, and CPAN

February 16, 2001 20:00
Re: Warnings, strict, and CPAN
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On Fri, Feb 16, 2001 at 06:52:22PM -0800, Peter Scott wrote:
> S'not about saving keystrokes, as many times as I do type the same things 
> in every file; it's about giving newbies the right introduction to the 
> language and providing appropriate feedback at the appropriate level of 
> individual development.

You're making it sound like -w is a personal tutor!  

> strict/warnings are not that picky; the odds that the code is more wrong 
> than right are very good if they complain.  "But it produces the right 
> answer" is not a defence.  You know that; why else would you develop with 
> them?  Anyone who resents the feedback is in the wrong business.

No, they're not in the wrong business, they're just learning.  "But it
produces the right answer" may not be a valid defense, but it is a
common one and you and I aren't going to be around to tell them it
isn't.  Forcing extra stricness on a new programmer only works if
there's a mentor around to help them through the process and explain

> >You also have to take into account the legions of sysadmins who use
> >Perl as more powerful shell scripting.  Do not equate not using strict
> >and warnings with "newbie".
> Okay, but these people are not going to be put out by sticking -q on the #! 
> line.

We're talking about the folks who call things 'ls' instead of 'dir'
because its one less character to type, right?

> Eh?  I still don't get it.  You're saying that instead of typing 'foo', 
> these people are typing 'perl -w foo' every time, to save themselves from 
> putting -w on the #! line?  That's insane.

Perhaps, but its common.

> >Code style is a very, very emotional and personal issue.  Adding any
> >default enforcement is going to piss off lots and lots of people.
> Just like the lack of it has already pissed off lots of people :-)

Yes, but like it or not, they have over 10 years of precedent behind
them.  We're used to this situation, the screaming has already been
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