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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • You could also add (from this ning-nongs view) that while powershell wanted Perls whipitupitude (the term used in Bruce Payettes) book, powershell seems ugly and verbose by comparison.

    I am not aware of another language with Perls 'helpfulness' or to use the more PC terms, conciseness and flexibility.

    (pinching the quote from this page)

    The key to performance is elegance, not battalions of special cases. The terrible temptation to tweak should be resisted unless the payoff is really noticeable.

  • .... The best way I can see to do that is to become an active member of the Perl community, find out what needs doing, and do it.

    With more positive thoughts and actions like yours then the Perl community can only get better.

    Nuff said... I'm off to do my bit and go and see the latest London Perl Monger tech talk in Richmond.

  • Welcome aboard!

    I love what you've written here. When you talk about the assignment operators, it reminds me of one operator I love, but don't mention often.

    $id &&= qq{id="$id"};

    Basically, that's a handy shortcut for rewriting a string on the fly, but only if it has a true value. Otherwise, you have to do something like this in other languages:

    if (id) {
      id = "id=\"" + id + "\"";

    It's a silly thing, I know, but there are so many useful constructs like this in Perl that once you get to know