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perl not omnipotent? let's see!
Well sorry monks, but most of who responded clearly failed to even try to meet this challenge. What I was hoping for, amongst other opportunities to show your abilities outside of being able jumping to conclusions, was more understanding of the fact that Perl does not exist as an island entire of itself but can be used to control foreign functionality to get results more effectively than other languages can which don't lend themselves to such easy communication between functional layers. A good example of this principle in action where you might expect instead to see assembler or C instead is how the CPAN module dvd::rip was written.