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May 19, 2004

Annoyed at Decision to use Storable.pm

Today I'm doing a bit of testing on a new server, built with the latest version of everything.

It's becoming a headache that somewhere in our history the decision was made to take information from a web form, freeze it with Storable.pm and save it in the database for future reference. The first time this caused a problem was when we moved from perl 5.6 to 5.8, all of the entries had to be pulled out with 5.6 and saved back using 5.8 (also changed from 64 to 32 bit Perl).

Now we're having an issue because I want to test a new server, with a new version of Storable. After testing against a dev database I wanted to point the new machine at the production database, but realize that any testing I do will render that data useless on the real production machine which is back a few versions. I guess will just have to wait and hope, and worry.

The more I look around at the code the more I can see the reasons for using Storable, but the reasons don't make it possible to test against production data.

Posted by mike at May 19, 2004 5:09 PM