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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Unfortunately, there's quite a bit to criticize about it.

    You are such a tease!

    I myself don't really have a lot of complaints about the language, except that it sure would be nice to have a spiffy IDE sometimes... and it mostly doesn't because it is so dynamic as to make that difficult.

    But, I am interested in hearing what you *would* consider a "legitimate" complaint. (Would I be correct in assuming most lie in the OO area?)
    • There are plenty of valid complaints about Perl. You're right, a lot are in the OO department (how may ways are there to define a class?) But there's also the slew of weirdly named globals. And the lack of proper named parameters. I think inconsistency is probably one of the biggies too (how many global variables do you need for error handling?) Like you say, Perl 6 will (eventually) rectify a lot of these. Or you can look at Ruby [ruby-lang.org] today to get some of them fixed. ;-)

      As to an IDE, probably the best that you'll get is something like EPIC [sourceforge.net]. But an IDE for Perl 5 will never be that good because of the language. Perl is so dynamic, that it's nigh on impossible for an IDE to tell you what methods are available (because there are so many ways to define a class) and what parameters they take (because there is no standard way to do named parameters). So you see your desires for the spiffy IDE are related to language misfeatures.

      -Dom