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  • One of my beefs about perl is that it doesn't come with a good interactive environment (unlike python). I frequently test things against an implementation, just to see whether something works or not; I usually go to the documentation afterwords. :-)

    I must say though, that hash slices are one of those things that I nearly always avoid if possible; they're just too visually cluttered.

    • It's not a very good interactive environment, but you can use the debugger with a command like perl5.6.1 -de 1. I do it often, including yesterday when playing with slices.

      I haven't completely decided if I should avoid hash slices or not. I'll agree they seem cluttered. I'll have to wait until I'm maintaining this code three years from now to decide. :) For now I'm using them because they seem less cluttered than the alternative.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers