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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I was chatting with Rael Dornfest and asked him if he liked Perl. He said yes, but he was tired of the Perl mindset of "everybody having their pet solution." In Python, there are "SIGs" (Special Interest Groups) that are dedicated to taking a particular technology and making it work properly. As a result, you have a much greater consistency in code and you don't have to hunt around for the 30 ways to do the one thing. I have to admit, that sounds awfully nice even if I am one of the "pet solution" progr

    • That sounds dreadful. The only thing committees create is mediocrity. I like the Perl model where it's messy and projects that have merit rise to the top. There's a whole bunch of modules on CPAN that are somebody's pet project for database abstraction, templating, etc, but there are only a couple that are good enough to achive widespread use.

      These three modules show the strengths of the Perl model, there isn't a single class, but a base class, and two subclasses that build additional functionality. Ther