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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by ziggy (25) on 2004.09.01 10:16 (#33920) Journal
    Perl actually does have intellisense. It's just not supported by a big bloated IDE with dropdown boxes that helpfully guess what you could possibly mean as you type. Instead, Perl uses huffman coded operators like grep, map, split, $scalar = @array , interpolation and so on.
    > When your language is so verbose that it needs machine
    > assistance to be usable, you've got a crappy language.
    Yep. A good language has intellisense for both reading and writing code. Giving you a crutch to write voluminuous amounts of code faster is not only solving the wrong half of the problem, but it is solving the wrong half of the problem in the wrong way.
    • Perl actually does have intellisense. It's just not supported by a big bloated IDE with dropdown boxes that helpfully guess what you could possibly mean as you type. Instead, Perl uses huffman coded operators like grep, map, split, $scalar = @array , interpolation and so on.

      This is a little disingenuous, isn't it? The examples you're quoting are all built-ins, and I doubt that most people use intellisense for such items. IME it's really useful for keeping on top of libraries, particularly those you don't

      • This is a little disingenuous, isn't it?

        Not really.

        The examples you're quoting are all built-ins, and I doubt that most people use intellisense for such items.

        That's precisely my point. One of the reasons why Intellisense is almost a requirement for programming in C/C++/C# and Java is because of the type system, and the over complexity of the programming model. With Java, you have big class hierarchies, interfaces, and dozens of classes with dozens of methods. For example, if I want to iterate