IBM developerWorks: Perl: Small observations about the big picture
Jul 02, 2000, 14:39 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Simple techniques to increase reliability and
maintainability in Perl code."
"Getting the job done in Perl is easy. The language was designed
to make simple tasks easy, and hard tasks possible. But the
built-in simplicity of the language can become a trap. Programmers
are by nature averse to documenting or designing the architecture
of their programs. The excitement of writing pure code lies in the
direct connection to the machine, telling it exactly what to do.
Teodor Zlatanov presents techniques to improve the reliability and
maintainability of Perl programs through increasing clarity of the
code. His tips are intended for the beginner or intermediate Perl
programmer, with a stronger emphasis on establishing good standards
rather than on changing particular coding styles."
"You don't have to revolutionize your thinking (or coding!) to
get increased clarity with Perl. Although it's difficult to write
complicated tasks with Perl, it can be done. And it can be done
neatly. You don't have to be the only one that can understand and
maintain your program once it's written. Using these nine tips, you
can keep using Perl, keep your style, and still have an accessible
and stable program."