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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Friday July 18, 2003
09:39 AM

Annoying interfaces

[ #13535 ]

On this date in history, I was annoyed by both HTML::TokeParser::Simple and Lingua::EN::Fathom in that the constructors for both take only a filename. In each case, I want to just send it a scalar variable full of content and have the processing done. I could use IO::Scalar to make my content appear to be a filehandle, but I need a filename.

Back at my old job, I used to code all kinds of procedures that would accept either a filename or a block of text. It was easy to just not have to worry about it.

Of course, who can complain? Both of these APIs do wonderful things!

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