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CrossNodes: Scripting Clinic: Slice and Dice Text with Perl

Jul 11, 2004, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"No no, don't run away just because I said 'Perl!' Perl is a really nice scripting language, don't be afraid. Pretend you have never been abused by mean people on the Perl mailing lists. Pretend that you have never looked at a long, complex Perl program and wondered if it was really a program, or a random collection of characters generated as a practical joke. The key to using Perl effectively is to focus on two basic principles:

  • "Learn a few basic Perl tools well. You can do a lot with a little in Perl. Don't worry about the show-offs who flaunt their strange, arcane Perl knowledge, just stay focused on the tasks you need to accomplish.
  • "Write your Perl code for clarity and human understanding. Some Perl geeks love to compete to write the most obfuscated code. You're welcome to join in; but for writing easy-to-maintain scripts, clarity is the way to go..."

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