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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It’s really easy to go into code that has cut-and-paste-itus and try to clean it up and just utterly fail because you start fixing one thing, get distracted and start fixing another thing, and so on and so forth.

    Yeah. Unraveling a ball of mud is an art. A painful, slow and proportionally unrewarding art, but an art nonetheless.

    I feel like I’ve successfully decoupled logic and data to a large degree. Does the end justify the means? ;)

    As I opined before, yes it does, as long as the end is a straightforward codebase with no tricks. It’s fine to get there using evil tricks to keep the code working between steps, as long as you wipe away the magick once it has served its purpose.