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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • First, let me say that's a great presentation -- I really like the focus on design issues, rather than the usual construction issues. I also like how you avoided the "religious" wars on getter/setter styles and just advised "pick a method and stick with it".

    However, while I know you were intentionally using simplified examples, the inside-out examples have a subtle, but potentially dangerous flaw:

    $name{$self} = shift;

    This will silently "break" if $self is overloaded to stringify as something other t

    • You're absolutely right about the problems (of course). But, in my defence, I didn't have the time to go into that level of detail. All I was trying to do was to give people a high-level overview of the concepts.

      I think that in future, I'll end that section with something along the lines of "that's basically how it works, but don't try to build classes like these yourself - instead use one of these modules as a base as they solve a number of problems that I haven't had the time to explain here."

      • You don’t have to explain the issues in any detail. Something like the following should suffice: “That refaddr there gives us the memory address of the reference, much like if you stringify it – but it guards against some issues I don’t have the time to expound on. Note that this isn’t thread-safe due to the use of addresses, but can be made so – again, I don’t have time to explain how. In practice, just use the Foo module and that’ll take care of these things for you.”

        That’s under half a minute.