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I believe that someone has never read or understood the classic essay Worse is Better. There is also a good followup discussion. Do so.

As for me, I am plenty aware of the shortcomings of CPAN. For instance one of the modules that you point to as being reliable, Carp, is reliable in large part because I made it so. (And I shudder at how much buggy code there is out there which is crap because it used the old $Carp::CarpLevel interface, which I had to jump through hoops to support because people were misusing it even though it was undocumented.) However I am also aware that most people who come asking for a solution simply won't come up with something better than what is on CPAN. Therefore for them the best answer is to use CPAN.

Heck, I know that I generally won't come up with something better than what is on CPAN without doing a lot of work. If it isn't really important to me, then I should use CPAN as well. And I usually do.

If this bothers you, then you should not be using commodity software. I would suggest not using Windows, OS X or Linux. OpenBSD might be up to your standards.

A random note. You are unhappy that eval doesn't "support" source filters. Well I have news for you. If you care about reliable software, then in any language with a syntax that is more complex than Lisp, you should not use source filters. If you don't understand why, then you are not going to succeed in writing reliable software.


In reply to Re: Reliable software OR Is CPAN the sacred cow by tilly
in thread Reliable software: SOLVED (was: Reliable software OR Is CPAN the sacred cow) by powerman

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