[Pdx-pm] Getopt::Modern

Eric Wilhelm ewilhelm at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jun 16 14:29:09 PDT 2005

# The following was supposedly scribed by
# Michael G Schwern
# on Wednesday 15 June 2005 05:05 pm:

>Getopt::Long::Fixed sorta sucks

Right.  I'm starting to think that Getopt::User might be the ticket, 
particularly given all the <wink>scathing</wink> reactionary 
programmer-y feedback that I'm getting on module-authors.

I've just finished Cooper's "The Inmates are Running the Asylum", so 
that's partly what is hatching this module (that and "I want an API".) 
Although I'm not using a user persona, I am trying to design the rules 
from the user's point of view (assuming a non-apologist user, which of 
course is hard to find among programmers.)

So, now I'm working on a user's guide and a whole slew of stuff to 
convince others that this set of rules is the right way to do it.


Johan seemed like he would be interested in changing Getopt::Long, so 
maybe we don't even need a name.

But hey, if I do go with Getopt::User, then Getopt::User::Guide becomes 
a no-brainer for a place to put the user (not programmer) 
documentation.  Thus, instead of explaining these rules in your own 
manpage you just say "see L<Getopt::User::Guide> for details about how 
to use options."

"...the bourgeoisie were hated from both ends: by the proles, because 
they had all the money, and by the intelligentsia, because of their 
tendency to spend it on lawn ornaments." 
                                          -- Neal Stephenson

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