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Tuesday March 14, 2006
12:53 PM

What would I do without Perl?

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I don't know what would I do without Perl.

I even came up with a new acronym: JABS (Just Another Butt Saver)...

Think about it. Siebel OLEDB Driver that we've been told to use does not quite work with MS SQL Server. Nothing makes these two systems talk to each other in any meaningfull way, perhaps due to data type missmatch, or some weird ODBC interfacing hurdles, or whatever, I don't care, they just don't like each other. Well, I married them using Perl DBI. It's been working great for at least 6 months. Under 1000 lines of code incorporate everything which SQL DTS mechanism cannot even dream about (what a stupid piece of software anyway): process logging, data validation, backups, etc. Yes, I do use T-SQL also, but my impression is that it's a terrible language. If Perl is like a camel, then T-SQL, perhaps, is like a frog. Yes, it is a hack, but that seems to be the only way to get the job done.

Thanks to all of you, Perl community. Great language, great job, and just another butt saved :)

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