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Re: The History of Acme::Bleach and Acme::EyeDrops

by DrHyde (Prior)
on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:15 UTC ( #967301=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The History of Acme::Bleach and Acme::EyeDrops

Acme::Pony was originally Pony, released on the 3rd of April 2001. The story behind both it and Acme::Buffy is that a few days beforehand, Damian Conway had given a talk to London.pm, which covered, amongst other things, Acme::Bleach. At the time, Buffy The Vampire Slayer was wildly popular amongst London.pm-ers. I disremember where the pony thing came from, but flood-filling an ASCII-art pony with the word "buffy" is clearly an improvement!
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Re^2: The History of Acme::Bleach and Acme::EyeDrops
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor) on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:52 UTC

    When harvesting the original release dates from backpan, I picked up Bleach, Buffy and Smirch ok but for some reason missed Pony. Sorry 'bout that. I've corrected the root node so that Acme::Pony, in addition to being ridden by Buffy, now has a bronze medal hanging around its neck, albeit still one behind Leon.

    Re the Buffy riding a Pony thing, according to the Acme::Pony docs, seeing Buffy riding a Pony is "Greg, Leon and Dave's fantasy". I'm assuming that's Greg McCarroll, acme, and davorg. I also found the original historic email announcement of Pony on London.pm (update: and the original email announcement of acme's Buffy module).

    And at the risk of teaching you about your own culture, and telling you why you chose the name Pony, the London.pm FAQ has this to say about ponies:

    If people think you're acting stressed on IRC, then they may well offer you a pony to stroke, since stroking a pony makes it all better. For more extreme times, there may even be a 'pony drop' of many ponies.
    The ill-fated Ponie project didn't arrive until two years later ... announced by Leon I see. Hmmm, I'm starting to see a pattern here. :)

      I blame too much (or maybe just enough) gin for my bad memory and inability to read my own documentation.

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[choroba]: but undef %hash and %hash = () both work, too, but the first one keeps the memory allocated, while the latter makes it available for other parts of the program.
[choroba]: iirc
[perldigious]: karlgoethebier: Well it is a pretty old and complicated (for me) bit of code I wrote (poorly by my current standards), so I'm expecting everything to break when I add the scoping and find out what else is undesireably scope changed. :-)
[perldigious]: Ah, thanks choroba, that sort of thing was precisely what I was wondering when I asked.
[perldigious]: I didn't want to tie up memory unecessarily basically, I wanted to "delete" it specifically to free it up, and wasn't sure I was even accomplishing that.
[stevieb]: perldigious You should start by writing some unit tests. That'll ensure current functionality doesn't break with changes.

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