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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • One thing which surprises a lot of developers after they've been doing testing for a while is discovering that testing doesn't just make their code more reliable, it makes them a better programmer. Your functions tend to do less, but do it better. You learn to decouple things. You learn that your function with 13 arguments might be poorly designed. You learn how to write less code and get more done. You learn how to refactor safely. You design better APIs. You learn first-hand the pain of violating t

    • Yes, something that shows the symbiotic relationship between tests and coding and debugging would be useful. Not sure how to formulate that.

      I'd never heard of the Liskov Substitution Principle [wikipedia.org], but after reading the Wikipedia article it sounds like it's related to the protocol good neighbor principle "be lax in what you receive, strict in what you output".
      • Liskov is something that confuses a lot of programmers because it's often explain in arcane ways. Condider the explanation from the Wikipedia link you provided:

        Let q(x) be a property provable about objects x of type T. Then q(y) should be true for objects y of type S where S is a subtype of T.

        Well, that's true, but since most of us aren't computer scientists, it can be confusing, particularly since many programmers don't realize that classes are merely types and operators are merely shortcuts for met

  • I like the idea of a "That Sucked!" talk/panel/discussion group/game show.
  • I like the "That sucked" idea, although it might be better as a BOF. The Perl track (although this doesn't have to be in that track) only gets so many slots. :(