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The top 10 tricks of Perl one-liners

May 29, 2010, 23:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"I'm a recovering perl hacker. Perl used to be far and away my language of choice, but these days I'm more likely to write new code in Python, largely because far more of my friends and coworkers are comfortable with it.

"I'll never give up perl for quick one-liners on the command-line or in one-off scripts for munging text, though. Anything that lasts long enough to make it into git somewhere usually gets rewritten in Python, but nothing beats perl for interactive messing with text.

"Perl, never afraid of obscure shorthands, has accrued an impressive number of features that help with this use case. I'd like to share some of my favorites that you might not have heard of."

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