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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Too bad they outsourced the building of the Voter Vault to India, even when there were several willing companies bidding on it here in the US.

    Whatever you feel politically, at least the Democrats used a US company to build their version. And it was even done in Perl :)
    • Whatever you feel politically, at least the Democrats used a US company to build their version.

      Protectionism simply doesn't work.

      And it was even done in Perl

      That would've been nice. Also, the ability to use it without MSIE would be nice.
      • >> And it was even done in Perl

        >That would've been nice. Also, the ability to use it without MSIE would be nice.

        Several years ago I worked for a political software startup and we proposed an enterprise level voter management application to the Republicans, all built in Perl and PostgreSQL. We had a really well developed product, but the cost to scale it to that level was the prohibiting factor. We had the custom report building capability that you are talking about, but getting it to run fast over hundreds of millions of records was no small task! We starting working with the Democrats after that, who were more willing to embrace the technology.

        Partisan differences aside, political software is a fun endeavour, but imho it's still in the dark ages. Campaigns are transient entities, even on a national level, and building up a technology infrastructure takes time and a committment which many organizations will not undertake. Most organizations have gotten down the process of getting the message out. It's the next step of creating a relationship with the constituents that they are just beginning to understand.