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Unfortunately, not everyone does, and pretending so ingores a great many people who could use a map to better code.
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A simple module with a simple interface is reusable elsewhere and is (sometimes) partially self documenting. If you want to write "dirty" scripts, fine, but I don't think dirty has a place -- except in mountain biking. Maybe that's because I ship my software to places, other people use it, or it runs several thousand times -- true -- but for dirty stuff people don't need lofty long-winded meditations on PerlMonks anyway. Even a simple database fixup trick can be reused -- and a module allows it to be reused by code as well as by a system call. Cool. So in those cases, write a simple module, it takes an extra 1 minute TOPS and write a one liner to call it. Big deal.

A little bit of discipline, just a little bit, is a good thing, and I don't think the ability to avoid using strict is a feature, nor do I think the ability to avoid writing packages (I did not say OO objects) is neccessarily a feature. I use Perl because it is powerful, not because it is clean.

Maintaince of even the smallest scripts is important, as is readibility, else you accumulate bugs and allow yourselves to be sloppy. I don't want a hand-holding language like Java, I abhor it, but getting yourself into the practice of writing modules, even for small scripts, is good -- because doing it right the first time is better than having to go back and fix it three times over.

Having to keep fixing an initially broken design is what is wrong with the refactoring concept. Yes, sometimes you have to do things that way, but you should also be aware of how to do it right the first time, or at least get close. Dirty-scripts are not an ideal genesis for anything, so I chose not to create them. Forgive me if I have a different opinion than you, but you are not the only one here.

If I'm derailing people who "could use a map", maybe it's because I'm speaking of a bigger picture. Those folks can read to. I think you underestimate the audience of PerlMonks in their ability to think for themselves. I spoke of my personal technique, if you chose not to use it -- fine -- but I wouldn't go saying my views are wrong or counter productive, or that I'm pretending anything. Mine is not a high horse...


In reply to Re^3: How a script becomes a module by SpanishInquisition
in thread How a script becomes a module by brian_d_foy

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