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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • ... when you are close to a wolf.

    I think (I'm not Edie, so I'm not sure why she chose the wolf) that it is supposed to indicate that your programs can be lean and able to tear rapidly through data.

    It's supposed to be friendly on the (human) reader - wolves are closely related to dogs after all.
    • Well, it's funny you should mention that. I read the colophons eagerly with each O'Reilly I pick up, mostly because it seems like someone's gone to the trouble of picking out an animal that somehow exemplifies the topic. (Or, in the case of one of the Python books, exemplifies a viewpoint. I laughed so much when I realized that it was a rat on the cover!)

      Wolves move in packs, act in packs, etc., which I believe is supposed to related to the conceptual harmony possible when combining algorithms. A long wolf is no slouch on its own, but a pack is significantly more effective.

      Also, as noted in the forward, wolves aren't always all business, they play a lot too; just as algorithms aren't always being applied to academic uses, being handy in games and little diversions as well.

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