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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • If you want to jump in the deep end, or just need to make this half as long and a little more complex, or want to learn some Perl idioms as quickly and painfully as possible (figuratively speaking), go to the Monastery [] and post in Seekers, indicating that you're looking to make this shorter and sweeter. Ask nicely. (Read the Friendly FAQ on posting first, it'll save you a lot of time and trouble later.) You'll get a lot of responses, most of which will include rewrites of your code in maybe one-third as

    You are what you think.
    • I still think that simpler is better. Specially, if it requires to be passed around to another (unsuspecting) individual, other than yourself. So called "Monastery" is a good idea, can't argue with that, but, excuse me, Perl is not a religion, it does not require a monastery, monks or following... It's a programming language... Right?...
      • Yes and no. Some people like it so much that they become, more or less, "disciples of the faith".

        I think it's more about what it is to you. If you want it to be a regular ol' programming language, it's certainly that. But there is a sense of community that follows the language around the battered* landscape of the Net, and the resource that the community can be is invaluable compared to the language.

        I know it's frustrating at times. Just yesterday night I banged my head against regex after regex, an


        You are what you think.
      • Perl is a society, and we use a lot of analogies for that society.

        If it makes you feel better, pretend the monks are Jedi adepts. Stronger in the force I feel you growing, young padawan! :)

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers