Perl crumudgeon

Back last century, I read p5p-summaries, I participated in YAPC, I was active on #perl. I loved it when randal or tchrist would show us other, better, cleverer ways of doing things. I wrote some ambitious code and had some ambitious plans for all-dancing, all-singing frameworks. I one point I even looked into how to automagically build apps with Data::Flow.

Write the minimum of code and it would All Just Work.

Of course, I got over that. No framework can be all-dancing. There's a joke about a Clippy-a-like for an IDE: "I see you are writing a framework. Would you like me to a- erase this and Google for something that does what you want?"

But that's not all: I have a colocated server that runs some applications for clients. These apps were written for perl 5.004_05. I have no time nor want to get the running with a modern perl or mod_perl. But for years all the code I wrote had to with 5.004. And I insisted that POE would too.

And it now seems everyone is using Catalyst and Moose. And the shiny new things like "say" and "given/when." And perl 5.12. I JUST STARTED USING 5.8!

Of course "just" means a few years ago.

I think I've become a Perl curmudgeon, a more recent version of my associate Jean-Phillipp. When I first started working with him, he was using a modem to get to his customers, telnet and rlogin to communicate between servers, SCO and BASIC for everything. He's now accepted ssh (though I spotted an instance of rlogin last summer), gets me to install and sysadmin Linux. But still uses BASIC.

I guess I'm showing my years. "say" just looks ugly as a language construct; I have no problem typing "\n". Moose rubs me all wrong, despite it being very much aware of how much it is needed.

And while I've done a good deal of JavaScript recently, I haven't done any real AJAX, ie bidirectional. What they call comet.

In my defence, I've only really started 2 large projects in the last 6 years. These projects have taken most of my time. And with large projects, you should to stick with what the Way It Is Done or you get schizophrenic code. Not that my code isn't schizophrenic, but I've decided that just because you discovered some cool new way of doing something, you shouldn't use it the same day in an existing project. Magic is very hard to maintain.

What's more my toes are cold.

Now that I've identified the above, maybe I can change somethings and not be as hide-bound.

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