The ShareDir Problem

Some of you may have noticed a while back that converted Pod::Spell to the use of File::ShareDir::ProjectDistDir instead of keeping the wordlist in Pod::Wordlist::__DATA__. This move was made in conjunction with making Pod::Wordlist an Object, and in preparation for a time when you’ll be able to specify your own wordlist file. It was also made so that non technical contributors could more easily update the wordlist without going near anything that looked like code. Read more →

Inversion of Control Principle

If you’re not familiar with the term “Inversion of Control”( IoC ) or “Dependency Injection” ( DI )you may wish to start with Martin Fowler’s post on the subject. If you’re looking for a way to do it with Perl, Bread::Board is the way to go. This post however is about the theory behind it, and a path to grokitude if you’re finding the concepts challenging. I should advise that I am not yet a buddha on implementation. Read more →

Perl Core Syntax Wishlist: die should die

I hate die it is, in my humble opinion, one of the worst parts of perl. I really wish it would be deprecated, and removed, or at least replaced with something that would tell you were the code that was die-ing was being called. Replace its implementation with that of Carp’s croak or confess and I’d be happy. Better yet, let’s just get real exception support and deprecate die (even if that’s never removed deprecation just make that real big on its pod). Read more →

Using ref to fix 5 year old bug

So I haven’t been hacking perl for 5 (or more) years but I forked Template::ShowStartStop from Template::Timer which is that old. since I forked it this test has bugged me since I didn’t really understand the test, the section of code it referred to or the actual problem. This is an approximation of the error you’d get. Couldn’t render template “undef error - Can’t call method “name” on unblessed reference at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5. Read more →