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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I knew there was a reason I got into the habit of typing semicolons and slashes on a line by themselves. There are probably other weirdnesses too.

    • I've always put the slash on a line by itself. I had a file with hundreds of lines in it all terminated with semicolons. Recently I went into the file and added some comments. Two of the comments I added after semicolons. This is not the first time I've done this with the same results and I don't want to make this mistake a third time. I made sure to tell everyone in my group about this behavior in the hope that they also won't make the same mistake.
  • I agree this is bad design, but I think it springs from the subtle difference between the Oracle SQL language and the SQL*Plus program language. Oracle is a madness of interfacing between different languages: PL/SQL, SQL, and SQL*Plus are three separate languages to learn, and they all tend to embed each other. I remember having to explain about three times to a former manager why I could not run an SQL*Plus report from PL/SQL stored in the database before she finally got it.

    Strangely enough, even thoug

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