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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • A couple of years back I went through a moderate amount of pain to get XSLT into my head. I wasn't an uber-guru but I could get stuff done without just randomly thrashing about.

    Since then I've not had to do any XML that XML::Simple couldn't handle.

    A week or so ago I needed to munge some OPML in a way that suited itself to an XSLT solution. Wrote failing test then switched to my code window to discover that.... XSLT had completely fallen out of my head. Seriously. I had to go dig out my Peacock O'Reilly before I could even vaguely remember the syntax.

    I'm used to forgetting stuff. I've not had to write any serious C in about a decade - but I can still sit down and read the stuff, and go make minor tweaks if I need to.

    XSLT seems to just have completely left my mind. Not a clue. Very weird.