SPUG: Self-generating code: yea or nay?
Marc M. Adkins
Marc.M.Adkins at Doorways.org
Fri Aug 9 11:45:38 CDT 2002
I learned Perl after browsing the camel book in Borders and noticing that it
had an eval() function. It's the first language I've used since Lisp that
has this feature.
I had been playing with Java but reflection didn't do what I wanted...and
all I really wanted was to _easily_ evaluate simple math expressions. After
learning Perl I found that 95% of the code I had written in Java (on that
particular project) was unecessary if I used Perl.
Granted, mis-use of this feature can lead to performance penalties as well
as being hazardous to one's health (I finally got enough rope to really hang
> Speaking of unstructured coding, I recently updated the online
> tutorial and added the example below. This got me thinking: are there any
> cases where self-generating code is "better" (in some sense) than the
> alternatives? I feel the answer is no - can anyone provide a
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