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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • When you use h2xs - think, do I really need to use our and warnings or 'require 5.8.1.7-bleeding-edge'. Is there a good reason for forcing users to upgrade by hand to whatever perl version I choose to use or am I too lazy to edit the Makefile created by h2xs or write code that is backwards compatible.

    I cannot say that I agree more wholeheartedly - I ran into this problem with PDF::API2 [cpan.org] qhich I was able to address with ten minutes worth of changes. This false dependency had prevented my place of work from deploying an open-source solution employing PDF::API2 [cpan.org] for more than three months. I wrote about this in my journal previously [perl.org] and received a number of interesting replies there which may be of interest to you also.

  • When you use modules in your test harness - for christs sake put them in prerequisites in your Makefile.PL.

    ...unless it's not a requisite - in which case the tests should skip appropriately.

    --
    --simonflk