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perl not omnipotent? let's see!
The question shouldn't be 'CAN it be done in Perl' but 'how EFFICIENT is the Perl solution'.
That, as most of you are aware, becomes the dreaded 'How good is/are your benchmark test(s)?' scenario.
So, that being said, there will never be a solution that will fit everyone's criteria. Those that believe in the power of perl will continue to do so, and those that do not, will not... IMO of course.
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