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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • This part:

          What's my point? What we're doing here, all this talk about constant
          improvement and how to do it better - that _is_ the methodology.
          Expanding our experiences and knowledge. Sharpening the saw. I'm
          having a blast. Thanks for being along for the ride.
                    g a blast. Thanks for being along for the ride.
    made me think of a quote from John Barth in
    Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs:

    Metalinguistic Abstraction
    ************************** ... It's in words that the magic is--Abracadabra, Open Sesame, and
              the rest--but the magic words in one story aren't magical in the
              next. The real magic is to understand which words work, and when,
              and for what; the trick is to learn the trick. ... And those words are made from the letters of our alphabet: a
              couple-dozen squiggles we can draw with the pen. This is the key!
              And the treasure, too, if we can only get our hands on it! It's
              as if--as if the key to the treasure _is_ the treasure!

              --John Barth, `Chimera'

    Reading the journal and the Brian Marick essays makes me want to
    get on some XP, or Agile maillists.

    Marick mentions the testdrivendevelopment and agile-testing
    Yahoogroups list(s).