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10 posts • joined 28 Apr 2011

Perl programming language marks 25th birthday

Skrynesaver

Re: The Gaffa Tape of the Internet

Argh 20 of its 25 years, ... must proof read (or post often enough to earn a right to edit posts badge :( )

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Skrynesaver
Pint

The Gaffa Tape of the Internet

I've used Perl for 30 of its 25 years I've written one-liners, admin-scripts, CGI-scripts, mod_perl, site specific modules to ease writing of scripts and one-liners.

Perl as a scripting language and Perl as a programming language have different de facto standards now (goggle Modern Perl). You have the choice of writing a maintainable documented program or module, or a one off unintelligible tool to parse the data in front of you, you can also produce anything between, and use any coding paradigm you're comfortable with, this level of flexibility in a language is unmatched in my experience (see Schwartzian transform, Perl with a Lisp), this is probably due to Larry's background in human linguistics.

Many of my one liners have grown into scripts and subsequently into modules for re-use and while most of my coding is in Java @ the moment I still use Perl on a regular basis for everything from administration to log analysis.

The low barrier to entry of Perl has perhaps led to its reputation as a write-only language, however once the coder stops trying to write awk,sed or c and learns to write in Perl's own idioms the unmaintainable aspect of their code disappears.

To the next 25

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WWII HERO PIGEON crypto message STUMPS GCHQ boffins

Skrynesaver

Re: maybe ..... just maybe ......

send reinforcements, we're going to advance...[chineese whispers]...send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance.

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Evildoers can now turn all sites on a Linux server into silent hell-pits

Skrynesaver
Holmes

`...

Given the architecture, software and kernel version, is it possible to extrapolate to a targeted appliance ?

Not that is can't be rebuilt, but it looks somewhat less indiscriminate than implied

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EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive

Skrynesaver
Devil

careful now...

We must be cautious in marine exploration, after all in R'lyeh beneath the see dead Cthulhu lies dreaming and we don't want to wake it up!

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'IE hit squad' helps ease browser babel on office PCs

Skrynesaver
Mushroom

$(What Will said above)++

Seriously if you still have some piece of crap intranet app that requires IE6/ActiveX it's time to move on and accept that you were conned into a foolish purchase. Next deal with the reality that browsers have common standards now that can be coded to and begin the painful migration process, it will save you time and effort in the long-run.

Now, about that SharePoint system we were discussing...

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

Skrynesaver
Trollface

Re: Typical El Reg

They have been reusing the same put downs a lot, however you missed the new and exciting one in this episode "Foxconn-brander", that's definitely going into the list (say $apple_abuse_list[rand @apple_abuse] ;

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The Register obtains covert snaps of Google's new London offices

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Coat

Re: WOW!

Screaming kids and heavily shod workmen, you don't know you're born mate, when I were a lad we'd an office in a converted Victorian grain-store beside a fire-station on the docks. the wind whistled through that place pushing the rats before it. There were days during the winter when it got down to -3...Kelvin the rats were so big there was 2 meals on them and the smell from the printing works down-stairs was worse than the noise... You tell that to young people today and they won't believe you (OK, it was Celcius and we never barbecued the rats, though I reckon they were closer to a hare than a rabbit in body mass, but otherwise not a word of a lie.)

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A pint a day keeps the doctor away - scientific FACT

Skrynesaver
Pint

I always feel these stats are skewed by the fact that a lot of teetotallers are recovering alcoholics whose prior behaviour would have long term consequences for their health.

That said, I thoroughly approve of this research.

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Rackspace backtracks over toff-proof sign-up process

Skrynesaver

A title

Clearly the proles a plotting something against the beloved arse of crockery.

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