Subroutines and Ampersands

I’ve had this discussion several times recently, so I thought it was worth writing a blog post so that I have somewhere to point people the next time it comes up. Using ampersands on subroutine calls (&my_sub or &my_sub(…)) is never necessary and can have potentially surprising side-effects. It should, therefore, never be used and […]

Dev Assistant

A couple of days ago, I updated to my laptop to Fedora 21. One of the new features was an application called DevAssistant which claimed that: It does not matter if you only recently discovered the world of software development, or if you have been coding for two decades, there’s always something DevAssistant can do […]

“I Do Not Want To Use Any Modules”

Almost every day on the Perl groups on LinkedIn (or Facebook, or StackOverflow, or somewhere like that) I see a question that includes the restriction “I do not want to use any modules”. There was one on LinkedIn yesterday. He wanted to create a MIME message to pass to sendmail, but he didn’t want to install […]

Programming Language Usage

Back in May, I spent an afternoon at Silicon MilkRoundabout. Silicon MilkRoundabout is a recruitment fair for techies. It’s specifically aimed at people who want to work for start-ups around the Old Street area (although they aren’t particularly stringent about sticking to that – for example, the BBC were there). We were given a booklet […]