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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • He is mostly just complaining about the syntax. So, he is saying that:

    ${$arrayRef}[0]=4;

    Is uglier than (I agree):

    array[0]=4;

    And

    $x=func(1,\@array);

    Is uglier than (meh):

    x=func(1,array)

    Reference handling is one of the few things I really don't like about Perl. In a high level language like Perl, you shouldn't have to worry about what's a reference what isn't (most of the time). It goes against DWIM.

    He also complains about having to change the prefix on the array to access the individual element.

    • Honestly, I don't see a problem with the references. You can always write $foo->[3] to dereference the array. And I really don't agree that references and non-references should be interchangable. Since non-refs and refs behave differently, you _have_ to differentiate them. Otherwise this would just scream "action at a distance" to me.

      I can however, understand why non-Perl people have problems with the changing sigils. Because they aren't used to it. Personally, I like it, but I can see why it was decid

      --
      Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley
      • Yeah, it seems like most Lanuage A is better than Lanuage B arguments are really just Lanauge B is different from what I'm used to.
        • Exactly :) That's why I bow before those people who try to transform those silly discussions into "I like $x about $y" and "I hate $x about $y" thoughts. Those are the rants and raves everybody can learn something from. Especially if they are written by people who actually work with that language of course :)

          --
          Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley