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AtlantaGeek.com: Have Perl will Travel

Apr 13, 2000, 05:29 (0 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to tommie jones for this link. ]

"My boss is impressed with Perl. You see, for the past few months I've been slowly replacing a set of shell scripts that our programmers use with perl scripts. The scripts do seemingly inconsequential things, like reading in configuration files detailing every QA environment to test our bug fixes. They also do regular expression manipulation, like pulling out SQL statements and displaying them the way the user wants them."

"The latest script I've been working on requests a bug ID when submitting a fix, and then displays a short description of the bug to confirm it's accuracy. This associates reversion control numbers in RCS to bug IDs in our Remedy/Oracle bug tracking system. My fellow programmers that use these scripts became curious about them. They started looking at the code."

"Then, one day my IT Manager stops by my office. He asks me if I can use PERL to generate a web-based report on the bug database for the new Java Project. (Is that a chorus of Sun-sponsored Angels I hear in the background?)"

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