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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by VSarkiss (704) on 2003.02.26 11:00 (#17514) Journal

    You can indeed reach a level where the code density is too high: consider APL or Forth. With APL, even if you didn't have the bizarro-planet character set, and a ton of comments, each line could take a couple of hours to read and understand.

    I've never had to debug a "production" APL program (not sure one exists ;-) but I would approach it with the same trepidation as having to debug old Fortran code. I would have the same worry about figuring out exactly what the code is doing, but coming from opposite ends of the spectrum.

    For what it's worth, Perl seems to be the "baby bear" of density: not too much and not too little, but just right. ;-)