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IBM developerWorks: Perl: Small observations about the big picture

Jul 02, 2000, 14:39 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Teodor Zlatanov)

"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."

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