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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Tuesday February 24, 2004
03:10 PM

80 Random Characters

[ #17603 ]

And on a lighter note ... a string of 80 random characters is slightly over 4% likely to be valid Perl. (I didn't run the code and verify this).

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  • IIRC Ilya Zakharevich used to generate perl-gibberish with markov chains to stress-test the perl parser.
  • If you remove # from the set of characters it drops to 0.7%.

    Interestingly enough, I've yet to see an instance of /\bsystem\b/.