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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Perl is what makes my job possible. I work as a developer supporting a system using several different languages, and the only one that plays well with the rest is Perl. I use Perl for:

    • Unit Testing - I use Perl to wrap around C, C++, and even COBOL to make unit testing possible in this environment. A simple GUI helps the less Perl proficient test.
    • System Monitoring - Creating daemons to monitor the systems processing is much easier in Perl than C. It pages. It sends emails. It generates HTML. It keeps me from sitting in front of my PC all weekend long.
    • Data Processing - The reports created for the users are full of information, but 99% of it never applies to me when looking into problems. A quick parser written in Perl gives me the information I need with little work. Also, if I need to create a report for a user that is too complex for SQL, Perl is the only thing that let's me get my job done quickly.