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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Is the link pointing to the right thread?
    • Yes, it's the right thread — read the initial question, skim through the other responses on that page, and then go to the next page to read MJD's excellent response at number 11.


  • The funniest part is how it ends with the guy wandering off to try and do it in C...
    • Yeah, if he really wants to work in packed decimal efficiently (BCD) he should be using Cobol [].
      (Don't laugh, $DayJob->employer still hires Cobolistas, and Cobol2002 supports Unicode and XML.)

      The questioner could also get direct access to BCD with PL/1, the original Swiss Army Chainsaw [], which brings us back to MJD.

      The questioner couldn't see the forest for the trees BCD only saves him 50% memory compared to Tiny (byte) integers or array of chars. (Or Tiny costs only 100%.) Which in big-oh notation is

      # I had a sig when sigs were cool
      use Sig;