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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • His retort [yahoo.com] is interesting:

    "Newbies don't start programming perl by using packages and/or objects. I'm very sure that the use of packages and/or objects is 'overcoded' in case of a simple program like this.

    He's right that new Perl programmers won't jump right in to packages and objects -- though I don't know what makes him think they'll jump in to a 5000-line auction script.

    And if a 5000-line script isn't screaming for modularization, I don't know what is.

    • There is also a huge difference between writing packages and using available packages.

      Telling a beginner how to use a package that cuts down the code they would write from 5000 lines (to choose a random number :-) down to a few dozen lines that focus on the overall operation and leave the details to the underlying package is a necessary and important lesson that should happen early.