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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm correcting a Perl-for-Biologists book that actually tells people to do it the wrong way because it's good practice. I see the same thing from CS majors just learning to program. It must be what they do in universities.

    I think the old biologists must be C folk, and they're passing on their bad habits. I might take a generation to get rid of all that crap.
    • It's what we did at university (The University of Melbourne, 1996-2001). Not for every comment, but for descriptions of the program at the top and above each function.

      This was through for two main reasons. One was an unawareness of syntax highlighting (many people were still using vi), but the more important reason was that the code was printed out for marking. Head tutors would compare the given output with the expected output, and then also mark on things like variable names, comments, code quality, algorithms used...