Lindsey Kuper (lindseykuper) wrote,
Lindsey Kuper
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inside/outside/leave me alone

A few months back, Andrew flaccus, writing about math, absolutely nailed how I feel about programming a lot of the time: I keep having epiphanies, but they're all incredibly trite.

6:00 p.m.: I've been thinking about this all day. I start to write: "Class::Std is good and all, but I want a convention for distinguishing internal fields from fields that you can pass to the constructor. Oh, and I want automatic getters/setters."

6:15 p.m.: I go to bullshit-check myself and discover that Class::Std can provide automatic getters/setters by way of the :ATTR marker. Awesome.

6:17 p.m.: I get excited. I wonder, "Why aren't we using this?! Dude! We could have so much less code! Especially in Resources::Object, it being the frickin' base class and all!" I go to look at the frickin' base class to see how much code we're wasting! Oh, man! Jesse jes5199 is going to be so proud of me!

6:19 p.m.: Right above where I'm about to start writing code, I notice a comment that Jes wrote:

# I drafted this using the fancy parameters that you can pass to ATTR
# but they were too rigid to be useful.

Oh. Um.
I deflate.
Of course he already thought of this, six months ago.

(Is anyone not thinking either "Give it up, Lindsey. Stop trying to use Perl and switch to a real language", or "Give it up, Lindsey. Stop trying to use Perl and go hug your friends, call your family members, pet your cat, and eat some fruit"?)

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