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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • (Had a visceral reaction just after reading the example code.)

    Reduction operators with '[' ']' look horrendously ugly as they remind me of Subject: header of mailing lists which either include the list name or the major topic in square brackets.

    But, I will take it even if I don't have to like it.

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    - parv
    • I think they're intended to remind you of arrays/lists, since you're doing an operation over one. I guess when it comes to syntax, beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder - there is a method form of reduce that you can call on an array too, BTW. :-)
      • Well, I indeed like the concept.

        Given that I was shocked already, the points put forward by davegaramond remind me that things could be worse, and your own point, my hate probably will most dissipate. I will need to try harder to disassociate square brackets abuse on some mailing lists.

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        - parv
        • There is a long section in my .procmailrc whose job is to get rid of that square bracket detritus from the lists I’m subscribed to…

          • Yes, I have that going too in procmail. I choose to invoke Perl to handle the cleaning bits.

            I am sure somebody else would have bad reaction reading "procmail".

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            - parv
            • Oh, I hate it too… but it exists and works, which beats my non-existent better solutions. :-)