APM: March Topic Suggestions Sought

Mike Stok mike at stok.co.uk
Fri Mar 3 15:50:09 PST 2006

On 3-Mar-06, at 6:17 PM, tmcd at panix.com wrote:

> On Fri, 3 Mar 2006, Wayne Walker <wwalker at bybent.com> wrote:
>> A different way of creating objects.
> As a tangent, I saw a book at Borders: I believe it was _Perl Best
> Practices_, which would be Damian Conway's recent book.  It had what
> looks like a quite interesting technique for building classes in Perl,
> "inside-out objects".  It also talked about the value of certain CPAN
> modules to improve code structuring ("use base", for example, to avoid
> the @ISA stuff).  But I had only a few minutes to look at the book.
> Has any here read the book and think it worth getting?

I reviewed it, and we have been using it to guide us in a couple of  
largish projects at work.  While it is pretty good, you should be  
careful about which guidelines you pick.

Personally I find Class::Std too much of a nuisance to use, to me the  
pudding is a little over-egged - but I have been seduced by the red  
side, and so you can ignore me ;-)  I particularly don't like the  
baroque-feeling markers and attributes, and even the lighter-weight  
and better behaved Object::InsideOut uses attributes to mark  

Try it on something and see.  I like Damian, and amazed by what he  
can make Perl do, but a couple of years of maintaining old and crufty  
Perl code which sometimes uses tricks deliberately, other times  
accidentally, has made me leery of anything but the most vanilla Perl.



Mike Stok <mike at stok.co.uk>

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