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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • After a meeting of the Silicon Valley Patterns group this week, we stood around speculating about how hard it would be to rig Eclipse (an open source editor that's big in the Java world) to ring a buzzer whenever someone copied a large block of code from one file, and pasted it into another. Or to trigger a webcam, to record the offender's picture for the copy-and-paste hall of shame. Or to count the number of times a cut or copy got pasted, and send off an email to the QA folks, warning them of where to look.
    • I'm drooling for this already. When Perl6 comes out, I expect that we'll be able to have rich IDEs like so many other languages. Then we can implement this for ourselves. And maybe have the editor automatically shut down if use strict isn't the second line typed or if taint checking isn't used in a program when "use CGI" is present or ... :)