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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Understanding pointers remains an important cornerstone of understanding how the machine works. They’re how you get any nontrivial work done on the machine level. You don’t want to use them in everyday programming, sure, but if you don’t understand pointers, you’re not going to understand why Perl’s data structures are as costly as they are, when you should worry about it and when not, why substr is not as cheap as you would instinctively imagine, etc pp. My knowledge of assemb

    • My knowledge of assembler has a direct (if generally faint) impact on how I write Perl.

      If anything, I think assembler helped me understand pointers better than C, because of the way data is untyped.

      The main reason I answered how I did was that "pointers" is really shorthand in C for a whole bunch of different concepts. Many of them you can learn in other languages. Some of them you can't.