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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It may not be pretty, but it does make reading the code much easier.

    }) %]"> enables the reader to extract information that the single-delimiter style ))))) cannot provide. I think that ))))) is prettier, but less practical.

    } is the end of a hash
    ) is probably the end of a function call
    %] is the end of a TT directive
    " is the end of text; the following > tells us it's an SGML-ish attribute value
    > is the end of an SGML-ish tag
    • I think that ))))) is prettier, but less practical.

      Funny you say that, ‘cause I was just thinking the same about sigils today. Yeah sure, they’re noisy and can gunk up the code – also, they’re extra red tape that needs to be typed over and over. But they make it so much easier to scan the code! Consider something like this:

      10 * $bar * log( $foo + 2 + cos( $baz ) )

      You can immediately tell apart the “slots” where variable values go, the static pieces, and the funct