Re: Agree :)
"Ever try APL?"
APL is my favourite language for beating data into useful shapes.
One of my favourite escapades was analyzing performance data. I had what was essentially an over-determined set of linear equations.
I calculated a least squares fit for a polynomial of any desired degree, calculated the interpolating polynomial for that fit, graphed it and printed it.
It was a quick hack... five minutes to code, test, and refine, and totalled 2 lines of APL, for a not particularly
length optimized version.
Another short fun task was being handed a program that one of our customers found too costly in machine resources to run. It had been written in APL by a programmer thinking in COBOL That one took an hour to sort through and convert to APL programming style, which cut the run time to one tenth of one percent of the previous version.