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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The real trick with PHBs is to use up the entire time alotted, although you were only working on it for 30 minutes. Remember the scotty principle! Make hours seem like days!
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
    • *grin* I know, I know. A couple of other people who heard the story didn't put it as nicely as you did either. Quite naive of me.

      At least he still doesn't "get" the concept of CPAN, so I will have an opportunity to put the Scotty Principle into action soon enough

  • Back in the mid-70's in the summer before starting my Master's degree I was working at an oil company that was up to date with modern (for the day) practices. There were a number of "databases" (which were structured record files on multiple 9-track tapes) and a raf of Cobol programmes used for creating and managing them.

    I was given the job of generating one-shot reports that weren't in the standard existing daily/weekly/monthly report cycle. Things like "find all of the customers in these 5 region codes