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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Oh yes, you will do a lot of maintaining other peoples code if you earn a living as programmer.

    Much of the code will be written badly or at least in such a way as to really annoy you. Worse still you will probably have to debug programs in unfamiliar and lesser languages like Java or VB.

    Hacking other peoples code is unpleasent at the best of times. If you are lucky then there is some documentation or some kind of guidelines on how things are done but usually there is neither.

    One of the nice things about hacking OSS perl is much of the time there are general standards (like CPAN requirements, popular idioms, etc) and a lot of the code is written to high standard. I found Marcels code nicely written and was able to dig down to the bits I wanted to change in a couple of minutes no problem.

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;