From: Chip Morningstar <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Friday, April 16, 1999 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: More Perl regex stuff in E
>>Here's a readability test: By reading this code, can you easily tell what
>>syntax it parses?
>Ick. No I can't. I probably could but it would be a puzzle-solving
>guess regular expressions are basically a write-only notation. The
>line-broken-and-commented form that somebody mentioned would be better.
I am convinced that regex was invented by the same people who invented APL.
conspiracy. And the enemies of readability and maintainability are winning :-)
Massive commentary and short expressions are the last bunkers of defense we have :-)