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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Of course PL/SQL has builtin hashes. It's a table with two columns.

    No I don't know whether I'm being sarcastic or not either.
    • My point is that they appear to get excited over non-features, like the syntax for a PL/SQL block.

      We used to take a vacation out west every summer, camping most of the time, but stopping every few days in a hotel to clean up and reconnect with civilization. In the states at least, there are certain things expected at a hotel. I remember gawking at hotel signs that advertised "air conditioning" and "color television," because every hotel I ever stayed at had these. It was like advertising that the rooms were filled with breatheable oxygen; you expect to get that as part of the price of admission. Noone would get excited, in the 1990s, that a hotel had color television, and noone would get excited, in Arizona in July!, that the hotel had air conditioning (On the contrary, if the air conditioning did not work, you would ask for your money back, leave, and inform your credit card company not to pay them. We did it on occasion.)

      Similarly, I remember an AOL commercial awhile back that infuriated me because of a little line about "Want to send some email? It's easy; just click here." They were implying that the ability to send a simple email was something special and unique to their service, an offering above and beyond the competition, rather than a basic component of the product they were selling. (My fury came from imagining computer illiterate Americans watching the commercial and being tricked into thinking email was hard or impossible unless you had AOL, and thus choosing AOL as their first internet provider.)

      So, I'm glad Feuerstein and Pribyl are so excited about PL/SQL. I'm glad they push it to its limits, know more about it than anyone on the planet (probably including Oracle employees), and share that knowledge in the beautiful orange books on my desk. I just keep hearing things that indicate their horizons aren't as broad as they could be, and thinking, "They're scary now ... imagine how dangerous they could be if they really applied themselves."

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers