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Tuesday February 24, 2004
05:54 PM

Learning Perl v3: Chapter 1

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A step into history. Perl's, of course.

Chapter 1 was basically a journey through the history of Perl. It also had how to get it and how to install it among other things.

I am on Windows (for now) and using ActiveStates version of Perl. So the setup was easy. I messed around with 'perldoc' because I read in the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup that it was a very good Perl tool to know.

I have made a resolution that my Perl code will not be "line noise".

My mantra will be:

use strict;
use warnings;
comment as needed
clarity above brevity

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  • I've posted a bunch of my scripts on that I've released to the public, if you'd care to have a look at them and some of the ugly hacks required to work around the way the world works :-D

    I'd add to your list
      o write really good documentation (in perl .pod format, preferably) as you go
      o document your changes with a decent changelog (and comments within the code) as you repair your programs over time.
      o the reason for this is: maintainability.