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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: [] [] /. LinkedIn []

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Wednesday March 15, 2006
11:22 AM

Dan Bricklin's wikiCalc is Perl !

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Dan Bricklin, co-founder of VisiCalc and thus the spreadsheet revolution, is building his GPL2 dual-license collaborative "wikiCalc" tool in Perl with AJAX -- usuable locally, as CGI, or mod_perl. Imagine something with the collaborative advantages of a wiki but with WYSIWYG tables and embedded calculations. I'm going to be looking for some nails to pound with this hammer ...
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  • I've looked at the code and it's pretty messy. Subroutines > 100 lines full of conditionals, HTML embedded in strings in code, and just generally ick. It looks like someone's first CGI program.