Despite my wanting to respond more to some comments made regarding my anti-war post, I'm not going to. I posted out of frustration and I would certainly prefer for this to be more a Perl forum than a political one (well, at least for me. Others, of course, are free to do as they will). I have no problem discussing issues like this, but this is not a forum where I feel comfortable doing that and I shouldn't have made that last post. 'nuff said!
And just so I can keep this marginally Perl related: I'm thinking about putting together a presentation for the next Portland Perl Mongers meeting. Tentative title is use strict 'sql';. I'm getting closer to the point where I feel that any hard-coded SQL for programs that are part of a large system is a bad thing. For short scripts, I don't have a problem with it, but for larger programs, SQL is abused very, very heavily. It's time to tell people that.
A symptom of this showed up in our last Perl Mongers meeting. A fellow programmer told me that they had such a huge database and such a large body of code to go with it that there was no way the dared to alter their database. That shouldn't happen and I'll tell people why.