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  • "... but it won't run on Perl 5.005!"

    People who do stupid things often die. Companies who do stupid things should have the grace to die messily and publicly so that we can mock them.

    • I try to target 5.6 for most of my code, and 5.005 for some of it. And I'll also point out to people when their code assumes a later version of perl without declaring it as a pre-requisite. I don't require that they make the necessary changes, but I consider it to be helpful to point out when they're doing that. I certainly appreciate it when other people point it out in *my* code.

      Sometimes they care, and add "use 5.008". Sometimes they care, and fix the tiny insignificant bit of code that was breaking on 5.6. Sometimes they don't care and do nothing, which is fine. And sometimes they care and get rude about it.