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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • My personal favorite high-level comparison (which I first heard discussed in depth by Neal Ford []) contrasts programming to civil engineering.

    In civil engineering (e.g. bridge building), construction costs dramatically outweigh design costs. Civil engineers aren't cheap, but their proportional cost relative to the bridge materials and construction labor are small.

    In contrast, the construction steps in software are largely automated: compilation, packaging, making installers, downloading, installing. Your pr