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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Storyserver was my introduction to CMS back in 1997. It used TCL *gag* 7.2 when 8 was long since available. All templates were stored in the database (if anyone suggests large blocks of human editable text should live in an SQL database, shoot them.) Templates had no symbolic names, you had to refer to them by numeric ID. This lead to cryptic statements like "include 2938" and you just had to remember that template 2938 is your top menu bar.

    Templates had to be edited through a special Java editor that only ran on Solaris and Windows and had a different code base for each (so much for write once, run anywhere). It make Notepad look good. Its syntax highlighting could only identify only two things "this is TCL, this is not TCL". You could not cut & paste from any other application into the editor.

    Of course it cost an outragous amount of money and we were stuck with it.

    At a certain point I simply refused to work on Storyserver documents. I'm sure this is one of the many reasons why I got fired.