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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Is it a level of Perl coding?
    • Oy. Given that I often ask for definitions, I guess I deserved that question :)

      "Baby perl" generally seems to refer to using a small subset of the language to get things done even though the full expressiveness of the language would allow a task to get done cleaner and simpler. Unfortunately, that "subset" might not include things like "strict", "sub" and other commonly used bits of the language. And what's the cutoff for "small"? Larry has said more than once that there's nothing wrong with using Bab

      • I think that Larry's comment about baby Perl is kind of like saying that there's nothing wrong with babies.

        Babies are wonderful. Babies have their place. But you don't want them driving heavy machinery. (Though letting them think they are driving heavy machinery can be a lot of fun.)

        Similarly it is good that people can learn some baby Perl and make their lives easier. I think that's wonderful and nobody should object. The problem comes when the baby graduates to programming toddlerdom and tries to insist on doing things that require skills they lack. (Ever heard a toddler insist, "Me do it!"?)