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developerWorks: Developing cfperl, From the Beginning

Jan 22, 2003, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Teodor Zlatanov)

"To quote Frank Herbert, 'the beginning is a delicate time.' This chapter is the beginning of a discussion of the cfperl project. The cfperl project brings together many of the topics covered in the developerWorks Linux zone articles: Perl, cfengine, parsing of text, and writing good clean code.

"The cfperl project began for me when I realized that cfengine, a wonderful system administration tool, could benefit from features present in Perl but difficult to implement as cfengine modules or C extensions. For instance, cfengine's file editing abilities were decidedly awkward compared to the more natural (to me) Perl constructs.

"In essence, cfperl was an itch I needed to scratch. I conceived it as a tool that could augment cfengine, not as a tool that could replace it. The next few chapters will cover the ideas and planning I put into the cfperl project. It is a project I did (and still am doing) for fun; it is not finished by far. What I hope to teach is the approach I took to cfperl, and how it might apply to your own projects..."

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