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Hidden Features

2009-06-24 13:15:40.390005+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

[ related topics: Perl Open Source Software Engineering C++ ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-25 15:36:57.462181+00 by: other_todd

Hmm. I'm not impressed with the "hiddenness" of some of these allegedly hidden features on the Perl page. Three in particular I checked at random are not especially obscure:

- use of qw() - chaining || for multiple-choice evaluation - use strict

Is it really hidden to say that 'use strict' is a good thing? I don't think I've written a Perl script that didn't have 'use strict' in the boilerplate at the top for over a decade.

I guess I was hoping for really esoteric, undocumented stuff, not tips-n-tricks stuff.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-25 17:03:49.274394+00 by: ebradway

From the comments:

I've always found Perl itself to be a hidden feature. ;) – Paul Nathan Apr 16 at 14:00

What he said...

#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-25 17:36:02.771745+00 by: markd

The C and Objective-C ones were pretty pedestrian. Most times I wander over into Stack Overflow, it's a mass of "do my homework for me" questions.