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Re: A Perl aptitude test

by vek (Prior)
on May 02, 2003 at 19:09 UTC ( #255133=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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  1. or download this
    #!/usr/bin/perl -w
    
    print (2 * 3) + 3;
    
  2. or download this
    print (...) interpreted as function at foo.pl line 3
    Usless use of integer addition (+) in void context at foo.pl line3.
    6
    

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[MidLifeXis]: heh.
[MidLifeXis]: Most likely it is a code that some undocumented system, hidden behind layers of IT, deep in the bowels of the building under the machine room floor, reads that code to keep a presence switch from going off. :-b
[MidLifeXis]: I think I forgot "running on a farm of commodore 64, vic 20s, trs 80s, and apple ]|[e systems"
[GotToBTru]: oh I know what it is .. but it is a number only slightly useful to me and of no possible use to our customer
[MidLifeXis]: Whew - you just saved the free world. <o)
[GotToBTru]: i guess it's a placeholder, the code will only fill it in if there is nothing else to use
[GotToBTru]: but then .. if you have nothing to say, why not say nothing?
[MidLifeXis]: I have a user who has a lot of say on how some of our processes work that abhors significant blanks. Perhaps that is a part of it. A not-so-obvious "this space intentionally left blank" indicator.

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