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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Awesome. I gave a talk at the last YAPC::NA, _Perl in Vegas_, and talked about how Perl made a difficult (yet to be accomplished by another company) task possible, and how various features in Perl came into play. Regulatory complaince was the main hurdle. Source filters let us encrypt modules and decrypt them on load. Bytecode compilation lot us comply with regulations that the program source code not be packaged or distributed in source code form. Even though Perl can be decompiled very effectively, this allowed us to comply with regulations. There were some others. I forget. That's my contribution to the great debate -- sometimes compilation is necessary for non-technical reasons. That's not to say that there aren't good technical reasons, but that's a seperate matter. Anyway, thank you very much for this. I'm very happy to see this.