So, my little company’s been writing a lot of perl recently, and it’s been good to be reminded how cool the language is, while also being a bit annoyed by some of its limits.
The big thing I’ve been picking up on, though, is how easy it is to violate separations of concerns. And once you start, it’s hard to solve.
As such, I’ve been looking at refactoring browsers more. There’s a decent perl one, padre, but I’d like the power that comes with something more, like Eclipse with Java or C# and Visual Studio. Extract method alone would make this stuff so much simpler.
Between a refactoring browser and a good suite of tests, of course, code becomes a beautiful and flexible thing.