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The Top Ten Perl Obfus
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Dec 14, 2014 at 03:24

    Following on from The First Ten Perl Obfus, I thought it would be fun to count down the top ten highest rated Perl Monks obfus of all time.

    Since I cannot super-search by node reputation, please note that this list is based solely on my memory of spectacular obfus I've seen over the years. So, if I have overlooked an obfu gem, please let us know, and I will correct the root node. Note that, to make the top ten, a node needs a reputation of at least 240.

    No 10: Fun With Reserved Keywords by blokhead Sep 11, 2003 rep:200+

    #!/usr/bin/perl not exp log srand xor s qq qx xor s x x length uc ord and print chr ord for qw q join use sub tied qx xor eval xor print qq q q xor int eval lc q m cos and print chr ord for qw y abs ne open tied hex exp ref y m xor scalar srand print qq q q xor int eval lc qq y sqrt cos and print chr ord for qw x printf each return local x y or print qq s s and eval q s undef or oct xor time xor ref print chr int ord lc foreach qw y hex alarm chdir kill exec return y s gt sin sort split

    Constraints are the heart of obfu.

    Here blokhead constrains himself to using lowercase alphabetic characters only, no punctuation at all. Combining with an exact right hand margin produces a visually stunning and surprising block-shaped obfu.

    See also:

    No 9: Mandelbrot flythrough by blokhead Feb 17 2004 rep:200+

    Note that this obfu is formatted with pre tags so that the PerlMonks default line-breaking of code at 70 characters does not spoil the visual presentation.

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    1+$z for                         $xr,$yr;$dw                     *=-1 if rand
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    This beautifully formatted obfu produces a mind-boggling visual effect when run; you truly feel like you are flying through a mandelbrot! Just works out of the box on both Unix and Windows. Brilliant work. Two in a row from blokhead!

    No 8: There can be only one! by Erudil May 15 2000 rep:300+

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w # there can be only one use strict; $_='$_={one(( one($")<<1)^one( $/))}{{one((one($;) <<($^=(one($/)>>1)>>1) +1)+one($/)>>1)}{{{one((( one($;)<<$^+1)+one($/)>>1)-$ ^)}{{{one(((one($;)<<$^+1)+one( $/)>>1)-1)}{one (one($"))}{{one ((one($;)<<$^)^ (one($")>>1)+1) }{one((one($;)< <$^)-$^)}{{one( ((one($;)<<$^)- $^)+1)}}{one((( one($;)<<$^+1)+ one($/)>>1)-1)} {one(($~=$=)<<1 ^one($")>>1)}{{ {one((one($;)<< $^)-one($/)-1)} {one(((one($;)< <$^+1)+one($/)> >1)-$^-1)}{one( one($"))}}{one( one($/)<<$^+1)} {one((one($;)<< $^)-one($/)-1)} {one(((one($;)< <$^+1)+one($/)> >1)-$^-1)}}}{{{one(((one($;)<<$^)-$^)-$^)}}}{one( one($"))}}{one(($~=$=)<<1^one($")>>1)}}{{one((one ($;)<<$^)-(one($")>>1)+1)}{one((one($;)<<$^)-(one ($")>>1)+$^+1)}}{{one(($~=$=)<<1^(one($")>>1)+$^+ 1)}{one((one($;)<<$^)-one($/)-1)}{one(((one($;)<< $^+1)+one($/)>>1)-$^-1)}}{one($=^(one($")>>1))';s ;{one;chr;g;y;{ne}}\012\040;.rd.;sd;eval;print;#1

    Following on from perhaps the best first post ever made, namely My 2 cents worth, the master strikes again! This one (pun intended) must surely rate as the best ever second post.

    No 7: 3-D Stereogram, Self replicating source. by Toodles Oct 15 2001 rep:300+

    #!/usr/bin/perl # Copyright (c) Marcus Post, <marcus@marcuspost.com> # # # # $_=q,my(@f|@c|x$_=q.my(@f|@c|x$_=q.my(@f|@c|x$_=q.m(@f||@c|x$_=q.m(@f| +|@c|xx @w);@a=@f=<DAT%@w);@a=@f=<DAT%@w);@a=@f=<DAT%@w;@a=@f=<DAAT%@w;@a=@f=< +DAAT%% A>;seek(DATA|0!A>;seek(DAA|0!!A>;seek(DAA|0!A>;seek(DAA|0!!A>;seek(DAA +|0!!AA |0);@c=<DATA>;Y|0);@c<DATA>;Y||0);@c<DATA>Y||0);@c<DATA>Y|||0);@c<DATA +>Y|||| until(($_=pop(zutil(($_==pp(zuttil(($_==p(zuttil(($_==p(zutttil(($_==p +(zuttt @c))=~/^_/){};Qc))=~/^_/){};Qc)))=~/^_/{};Qc)))=~/^_/{};Qc))))=~/^_/{} +;Qc))) unshift(@a|$_)xnshift(@a|$_)xnshhift(a|$_)xnshhift(a|$_)xnshhiift(a|$_ +)xnshh ;for(1..3){pri%;for(1.3){pri%;ffor1.3){pri%;ffor1.3){pri%;ffor11.3){pr +i%;fff nt(shift(@c));!nt(shft(@c));!ntt(hft(@c));!ntt(hft(@c));!ntt(hftt(@c)) +;!nttt }for(@f){my($sY}for@f){my($sY}for@f){my($sY}for@f){my($sY}for@f){mmy($ +sY}foo );split//;$_=sz);splt//;$_=sz);splt//;$_=sz);splt//;$_=sz);splt//;$_== +sz);ss hift(@c);$_=~sQhift(c);$_=~sQhift(c);$_=~sQhift(c);$_=~sQhift(c);$_=~s +QQhiff /(.{15}).*/\1/x/(.{15})*/\1/x/(.{15})*/\1/x/(.{15})*/\1/x/(.{15}})*\1/ +xx/(.. ;@w=split//;fo%;@w=split/;fo%;@w=split/;fo%;@w=split/;fo%;@w=spllit;fo +%%;@ww r(@_){$w[$s+15!r(@_){$w[$s15!r(@_){$w[$s15!r(@_){$w[$s15!!(@_){$$w[s15 +!!!(@@ -$_]=(($w[$s]eY-$_]=(($w[$s]YY-_]=(($w[$s]YY-_]=(($w[$s]YY-_]=((($[$s] +]YY-__ q"|")?".":$w[$zq"|")?".":$w[$zq|")?"."::$[$zq|")??."::$[[$z|")???.::$$ +[[$z|| s]);$s++;}for(Qs]);$s++;}for(Qs];$s++;}}or(Qs];$$s+;}}orr(Qs]$$s++;}}o +rr(Qss 1..75){unless(x1..75){unless(x1.75){unnlss(x1.775){uulsss(x1.75){uuuls +ss(x11 $w[$_]ne''){$w%$w[$_]ne''){$w%$w$_]nee''{$w%$$w$_]nn''{{$w%$$w_]nnn''{ +{$w%$$ [$_]=$w[($_-1)![$_]=$w[($_-1)![$_=$w[[($_-)![$_==w[[($$_-)![$__w[[[($$ +_-)![[ ];}}print(joinY];}}print(joinY];}prinnt(joinY;}prinntt(joinY;}pinnntt( +joinYY ""|@w);print"\z""|@w);print"\z""|w);;print"\z"|w);;pprint"\z"|w;;pppri +nt"\zz n";}print@a;,;#n";}print@a;.;#n";priint@a;.;#n;priintt@a;.;#n;piinntt@ +a;.;## y!|zY\!%x!,Q!;#y!|zY\!%x!.Q!;#y!zY\!!%x!.Q!;#!zY\!!%x!!.Q!;#!z\!!!%x!! +.Q!;## s{Q.*\n}[]g;#<>s{Q.*\n}[]g;#<>sQ.*\nn}[]g;#>sQ.*\nn}[]]g;#>sQ.\nnn}[]] +g;#>ss eval;#EndFini!$eval;#EndFini!$eal;#EEndFin!$eal;;##nddFin!$ea;;###nddF +in!$ee __DATA__ 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000110000000110000000000000000011100000000000000000 000000000001110000001110000000000000000111110000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000001111111000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000001111110000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000001111100000000000000000 000001111111111111111111111110000000001111100000000000000000 000011111111111111111111111100000000000111100000000000000000 000111111111111111111111111000000000000111100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000111100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000111100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000111100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000011100000000000000000 000001111111111111111111111110000000000011100000000000000000 000011111111111111111111111100000000000011100000000000000000 000111111111111111111111111000000000000001100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000001100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000001100000000000000000 000000000011110000011110000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000011100000011100000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000011000000011000000000000000000011110000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000111111000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000111110000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000011110000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    This original idea of creating a Perl obfu stereogram produced rave reviews when posted.

    The code is certainly mind-bogglingly clever and elaborate. Unfortunately, I've never been able to relax my eyes enough to see these stereogram thingos, so the (stunning if you can see it) visual effect of this obfu was lost on me.

    Though obviously a brilliant coder, Toodles only posted four times and disappeared from PM shortly after stunning us with his original obfu.

    No 6: Saturn by eyepopslikeamosquito Oct 10 2004 rep:300+

    Note that this obfu is formatted with pre tags so that the PerlMonks default line-breaking of code at 70 characters does not spoil the visual presentation.

                                         +$I=sub{+s+^+     ;;;;;;;      ;;;;;;;;;
                                      $"x$_[1]+gem;$/x$_#   ;;;;        ;;;;;;;;
                                   [0].$_.$/};$W=sub{$~=!q~            ;;;;;;;
                                ~.pop();system($^O=~Win?ClS:#         ;;;;;;;
                              'clear'),print,select$Z,$Z,$Z,!"       ;;;;;;
                             "||$~for@_};$H=sub{+join$/,map($_#     ;;;;;;
                            x$_[0],pop=~m-.+-g),!_};$_=!Mima,s--   ;;;;;
                           "@{['=9+)w'^RINGS]}\%;local@{[Saturn^# ;;;;;
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                         y-;-'-;s-\w-~-gi;$S=$_;#--Beautiful]  ;;;;
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                        $_.=$"x-(y---c-$-)for@S;$R=sub{$i#  ;;;  -d
                        =0;join$/,map{$j=$%;join!_,grep#  ;;;  Rhea
                        !($j++%$_[$%]),m-.-g}grep!($i#  ;;;  -Titan
                        ++%$_[0]),@S};$L=join!_,map#  ;;;  -Huygens
                        ~~reverse.$/,@S;@R=(&$I(q-  ;;;  -&&20,051,
                        $_=_^q-q-),&$I(20,41-!q-  ;;;  -,$_=F|K),$
                        I->(15,31,$_=&$R(4-!q-  ;;;  -)),&$I(13-!"
                      ;;",28,$_=&$R(3)),&${  ;;;  _^_^I}(10,20-!"
                    ;;;;;",$_=$R->(2)),q-  ;;;  -&&$S);@O=map&{"
                  ;;;;;;  "&&$H}($_,&${  ;;;  R.!-_}($_))x$_,!"
                 ;;;;;     "+2..2*~~2  ;;;  @Y=reverse@R#Dione
               ;;;;;;       &${m--  ;;;  S|A|T|U}(@R,$N)||!q-
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            ;;;;;;;            ;;;;  -],!1!~~1);&$W($S.!q-
          ;;;;;;;;;        ;;;;;  -,$L,0.16)for$%..5+!q-
         ;;;;;;;;;;    ;;;;;;;;;    Cassini-;&{$W||q-
        ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;         -}(@Y,1.6)

    Ahem. This is mine. I am a space nut and had just finished watching Contact. I was deeply moved by the opening sequence of that movie, starting from the Earth, moving past Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, ..., the Milky Way, the Local Group, until the vast scale of the Universe and its billions of galaxies is slowly revealed.

    The other primary influence was Erudil's famous camel code, which splits a camel into four camels. I naturally tried to top that, splitting Saturn into four, then nine, then sixteen Saturns, adding a back and forth tilting effect for good measure.

    Luckily, I was also playing a lot of golf at the time, which was needed to compress the desired code into the Saturn shape. Once I had done that, I set about tweaking the code to match the Saturnian theme. For example:

    $_=!Mima,s-- '=9+)w'^RINGS Saturn^wNXIBP S|A|T|U}(@R,$N)

    I derived the Saturn shape from this beautiful Voyager space probe photograph.

    No 5: spiraling quine by Len Jun 20 2002 rep:300+

    Unix version:

    #!/usr/bin/perl $_=' $q ="\ 47"; wh ile ($ ;= $z += .5 ){ %c= $r=0;$/ ="";whi le(2 0+ $z>($;+=.05)){$c{int$ _+ 2 6+ 2*($ r+= .0 2) * s in$ ;}{1 -$_ +1 0+ int $r*c o s $ ;} =1for(0. .1) }$ t =r ever se;$ /. =` c le ar `. " #! / usr /bi n/ pe rl \n\ $_ =$q \n" ; fo r$y (1..20){$c{$_} { $ y }? $ /.=chop$t : ($/ . =" \4 0") for(0. .53) ; $/. ="\n"}pri nt"$/$ q; s; ". chr(9 2)."s;;g;eval\n "} ';s;\s;;g;eval

    Windows version:

    #!/usr/bin/perl $_=' $q= "\4 7" ;wh ile($;=$z+=.5 ){ %c =$r =0;$/="";while( 21+$ z> ( $; +=.05)) {$c{i nt $ _+ 26 +2*( $r+=. 0 1 9 )*s in $; }{1 - $_ +10+int$r*c os$; }=1 f or(0..1)}$t=re v e r s e; $/. =`cl s` ." #! /u sr /bi n/ pe rl \n\ $_=$q\n" ;f or $y (1. .20){ $c {$ _ } { $y }? $ /.= chop$ t:( $/ . ="\4 0")for( 0..53 ); $ /.=" \n"}system("cls ") ;p ri nt "$/$q;s ;". c h r(92) ."s; ; g; eva l\n" } ';s;\s;;g;eval

    A beautifully formatted obfu producing a dazzling visual effect when run. Well done Len.

    No 4: find-a-func by Erudil Aug 29 2001 rep:300+

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w # find-a-func use strict; $_='$;="per l";map{map {s}^\s+}} ;$_{$_}++unless(/[^a- z]/)}split(/ [\s,]+/)i f(/alpha. *$;/i../w ait/)}`$; doc\040$; toc`;;;@[=k eys%_;$; =20;$:=15;;for(0..($;*$:-1 )){$;[$_]="_" ;}until($%++>3*$;||@]>2*$:-3){@_=split(//,splice(@[,rand( @[),1));if(3>@_){next;}$~=int(rand($;));$^=int(rand($:)); $-=$~+$^*$;;my$Erudil=0;{if($Erudil++>2*$:){next;}$a=(-1, 0,1)[rand(3)];$b=(-1,0,1)[rand(3)];unless(($a||$b)&&$~ +$a*@_<=$;&&$~+$a*@_>=0&&$^+$b*@_<=$:&&$^+$b*@_>=0){re do;;}my$llama=0;;for(0..$#_){unless($;[$-+$a*$_+$b* $;*$_]eq$_[$_]||$;[$-+$a*$_+$b*$;*$_]eq"_"){$llam a++;last;}}if($llama){redo;}push@],join("",@_);f or(0..$#_){$;[$-+$a*$_+$b*$;*$_]=$_[$_];}}}@_ =sort@];unshift@_ ,"Find:","-"x5;for$a(0. .$:-1){for$b(0. .$;-1){$~=("a".."z") [rand(26)];$_ ="$;[$a*$;+$b]". $";s;_;$~; ;print;}$_=s hift@_|| $";;print$ ",$", $_,$ /;$_ =shi ft@_ ||$ ";pr int $"x $;, $"x $;, $", $", $_ ,$/;; ;}' ;;; s[\s+] $$g; eval; __DATA__ The use of the llama image in association with Perl is a trademark of O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. Used with permission.

    Needs "perldoc" on the path. Can be quite slow to run as it mangles the output of "perldoc perltoc", but well worth the wait. Full deconstruction provided by grinder.

    Another Erudil classic.

    No 3: How to (ab)use substr by Erudil May 03 2001 rep: 400+

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w # how to (ab)use substr use strict; my $pi='3.14159210535152623346475240375062163750446240333543375062'; substr ($^X,0)= substr ($pi,-6);map{ substr ($^X,$.++,1)=chr( substr($pi,21,2)+ substr($pi,$_,2))}(12,28,-18,-6,-10,14);map{$^O=$"x( substr ($pi,-5,2)); substr ($^O,sin(++$a/8)*32+ substr ($pi,-2)/2+1,1)=$_; substr ($^O,sin($a/4)*( substr ($pi,2,2))+ substr ($pi,-7,-5)-1,1)=$_;print"$^O$/";eval($^X.('$b,'x3). substr ($pi,-3,1).'.'. substr ($pi,9,2));}(map{chr($_+ substr ($pi,21,2))}( substr ($pi,8)x3)=~/../g);

    Yet another Erudil classic. A work of art.

    No 2: Things are not what they seem like. by Abigail Jul 13 2000 rep:400+

    $; # A lone dollar? =$"; # Pod? $; # The return of the lone dollar? {Just=>another=>Perl=>Hacker=>} # Bare block? =$/; # More pod? print%; # No right operand for %?

    Short. Elegant. Witty. A masterpiece from the inimitable Abigail.

    Deconstruction provided by btrott.

    No 1: camel code by Erudil Dec 06 2000 rep:700+

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w # camel code use strict; $_='ev al("seek\040D ATA,0, 0;");foreach(1..3) {<DATA>;}my @camel1hump;my$camel; my$Camel ;while( <DATA>){$_=sprintf("%-6 9s",$_);my@dromedary 1=split(//);if(defined($ _=<DATA>)){@camel1hum p=split(//);}while(@dromeda ry1){my$camel1hump=0 ;my$CAMEL=3;if(defined($_=shif t(@dromedary1 ))&&/\S/){$camel1hump+=1<<$CAMEL;} $CAMEL--;if(d efined($_=shift(@dromedary1))&&/\S/){ $camel1hump+=1 <<$CAMEL;}$CAMEL--;if(defined($_=shift( @camel1hump))&&/\S/){$camel1hump+=1<<$CAMEL;}$CAMEL--;if( defined($_=shift(@camel1hump))&&/\S/){$camel1hump+=1<<$CAME L;;}$camel.=(split(//,"\040..m`{/J\047\134}L^7FX"))[$camel1h ump];}$camel.="\n";}@camel1hump=split(/\n/,$camel);foreach(@ camel1hump){chomp;$Camel=$_;y/LJF7\173\175`\047/\061\062\063\ 064\065\066\067\070/;y/12345678/JL7F\175\173\047`/;$_=reverse; print"$_\040$Camel\n";}foreach(@camel1hump){chomp;$Camel=$_;y /LJF7\173\175`\047/12345678/;y/12345678/JL7F\175\173\0 47`/; $_=reverse;print"\040$_$Camel\n";}';;s/\s*//g;;eval; eval ("seek\040DATA,0,0;");undef$/;$_=<DATA>;s/\s*//g;( );;s ;^.*_;;;map{eval"print\"$_\"";}/.{4}/g; __DATA__ \124 \1 50\145\040\165\163\145\040\157\1 46\040\1 41\0 40\143\141 \155\145\1 54\040\1 51\155\ 141 \147\145\0 40\151\156 \040\141 \163\16 3\ 157\143\ 151\141\16 4\151\1 57\156 \040\167 \151\164\1 50\040\ 120\1 45\162\ 154\040\15 1\163\ 040\14 1\040\1 64\162\1 41\144 \145\ 155\14 1\162\ 153\04 0\157 \146\ 040\11 7\047\ 122\1 45\15 1\154\1 54\171 \040 \046\ 012\101\16 3\16 3\15 7\143\15 1\14 1\16 4\145\163 \054 \040 \111\156\14 3\056 \040\ 125\163\145\14 4\040\ 167\1 51\164\1 50\0 40\160\ 145\162 \155\151 \163\163 \151\1 57\156\056

    The highest rated PM node of all time. For a long time, you could buy thinkgeek T-shirts with this obfu printed on it! They seem to be out of print now though, at least the thinkgeek link is broken. As an Elvis fan, I really loved Erudil's response to all the attention:

    <Elvis> Thankyew ... Thankyew verra much! </Elvis>


The First Ten Perl Obfus
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Dec 14, 2014 at 03:14

    Following on from The First Ten Perl Monks, I thought it would be fun to explore the origins of PerlMonks Obfuscated code.

    What was the first PerlMonks Obfuscated code?

    As far as I can tell, it was written on Oct 13 1999 by the early PM developers at the very end of this ancient command line examples faq. Of course, this was well before the PerlMonks official opening on 23 Dec 1999. So, if we disqualify this pre-historic (accidental) obfuscation, the first deliberately obfuscated PerlMonks node was probably OBFUSCATE!!! by the thirteenth Perl Monk jdube on Dec 30 1999 at 04:51.

    PerlMonks Obfuscation Founding Father: jdube

    As was typical of early Perl Monks, jdube also had an everything2 account. Curiously, jdube further authored a companion POETRY!!! node, presumably a crude attempt to pressure vroom into creating PerlMonks Obfuscated code and Perl Poetry sections. Well, by using all caps and three exclamation marks in the node titles he was certainly shouting at vroom.

    Anyway, it seems jdube's clever ploy worked because vroom did indeed create our much loved Obfuscated code and Perl Poetry sections later that same fateful day, Dec 30 1999. By the way, I was shocked to see that the historic Poetry and Obfuscated Sections by vroom has received just one up-vote (mine). If you feel this historic node is worth more than that, you know what you need to do.

    An interesting piece of trivia is that jdube's medieval OBFUSCATE!!!/POETRY!!! barrage took place in the (now obsolete) perlcraft arena. It seems this ancient "perlcraft" section has since been re-branded as Cool Uses For Perl.

    Tragically, our PerlMonks poetry and obfu founding father jdube does not appear in the first ten official Obfuscated nodes, listed below. Sadly, he never did write an official PerlMonks obfuscated node. Sadder still, Perl Monk number 13 jdube was last seen wandering around the monastery in May 2000, and his account now sits abandoned and disabled. Perhaps being the thirteenth user proved unlucky. I wonder what jdube is doing nowadays. Will he return one day to write us another obfu or poem?

    Obu No 1: #!/usr/bin/perl by BBQ (last here Apr 07 2009)

    Created: Dec 30 1999, Rep: 14, 3 replies.

    %A=('r'=>"\n","\t"=>'#','/'=> 's','f'=>'p',"b"=>'n');@C=qw (e ! r/ / e );foreach $k (sort keys %A){ @B=(" ",'u','i',"\b",'l');$s .=qq{$k$B[$x++]$A{$k}$C[$x] \b};if ($x==1){$t=$k.$B[$x-1].$A{$k};}#ops } print$A{r}.$s;#i h8 left over \s's

    The first official PerlMonks obfu was concocted in Brazil by Perl Monk number eleven BBQ, who has the further distinction of being the first foreign Perl Monk. In addition to being the first foreign monk, BBQ is the first non-insider Perl Monk without a companion everything2 account.

    This historic obfu, which still works with modern perls, displays its node title #!/usr/bin/perl on the screen when run. It is a bit trickier than that though, in fact it writes the following 33 characters to stdout:


    Though not in Erudil's class, that was a decent first attempt from BBQ. And he was well aware of its historical significance commenting:

    I'm actually kinda proud I made it 1st into the obfuscated code bin. :o)
    after vroom manually adjusted the node ownership to its rightful owner.

    Obu No 2: WWWWolf's .signature by WWWWolf (last here Apr 11 2002)

    Created: Jan 06 2000, Rep: 6, 0 replies.

    $_='%?&%[=&+=?%=[%&+&%[*?]&=&~[;&+&{=?[?&%&[&{[%&^=?=[&%&]=?%~&~[?&+&~ +YiFF! =[=~| Weyfour WWWWolf (aka. Urpo Lankinen), a lupine technomancer |=?* +_=}?] %}&};| ICQ:4291042 | wwwwolf@iki.fi | http://www.iki.fi/wwwwolf/ |&;&= +~?]'; tr/?~=*;%&[{}]+_^ (),.:@\/\n0-9!|a-zA-Z/0-9acde/d; $_=pack("H*",$_); p +rint;

    The second PM obfu is also from outside the USA, this time from Oulu, Finland. This one is not especially obfuscated, just the .signature file of WWWWolf (Weyfour WWWWolf's Web of Weird Things).

    Yet again, we see a companion WWWWolf everything2 account. Though he hasn't visited PM since 2002, the artistic WWWWolf appears to be still active, focusing on Drupal, writing, and photography nowadays. So we may yet see a surprise return visit.

    Obu No 3: ArrayHashMonster.pm by Anonymous Monk

    Created: Feb 03 2000, Rep: 2, 0 replies.

    $monster = new ArrayHashMonster ... ; print $monster->[1]; # This might print `Janvier' print $monster->{Jan}; # This can *also* print `Janvier'

    This seems to be just an advertisement for Dominus's ArrayHashMonster CPAN module.

    Obu No 4: Yearbook fun by Xavier (last here Jun 30 2000)

    Created: Feb 04 2000, Rep: 9, 6 replies.

    $a="User-Agent:PlMk";$u=" xavier.penguinpowered.com ";$h="GET / HTTP/1.\n";$u =~s/\n//gs;$d=`echo "$h$a "|nc $u 80`;$d=~s/.+?ml\r (.+)/$1/s;$d=~s/\n+|\s+ \ / /gsx;$d=~s/<a.+?f="(.*? )">(.+?)<\/a>/$2($1)/sgx; $d=~s/<(br|p|li)>/\n/g;$d =~s/<.+?>//gsx;print"$d";

    Not especially obfuscated, just something to put in his high school yearbook, with limited space available. Yet again, we see a companion everything2 account.

    Obu No 5: Tricks with tr/// by japhy (last here Oct 08 2014)

    Created: Feb 09 2000, Rep: 18, 6 replies.

    # to squish a string y sssscccc; y cccscsss; y yyysc; # to get the string length y yyyc; # to clear a string y ccccdddd; y dddcdccc; y yyycd;

    Jeff "japhy" Pinyan is by far the highest rated Perl Monk among the first ten pioneer obfuscators. He was also a Perl Mongers pioneer, joining the first Perl Mongers user group, in New York City in the late 1990s.

    His first (whimsical) obfu above plays around with Perl's tr (aka y) modifiers. These modifiers, and their companion m// and s// modifiers, are a lot of fun and very popular with obfuscators. For example, I remember a playful merlyn japh:

    $Old_MacDonald = q#print #; $had_a_farm = (q-q:Just another Perl hacke +r,:-); s/^/q[Sing it, boys and girls...],$Old_MacDonald.$had_a_farm/eieio;

    and a $A++ obfu from mtve:

    y ccccd x s vvchr oct oct ord uc ave x s vvucve le s vvuc ave x s vvchr oct oct oct ord uc bve x eval

    This sort of syntactic flexibility is why Perl is, and seems likely to remain for the foreseeable future, the premier language for writing elegant and amusing obfuscated code.

    Obu No 6: Use the arrow keys by Foochre (last here Jun 29 2001)

    Created: Feb 15 2000, Rep: 10, 2 replies.

    #!/usr/bin/perl use Curses;keypad initscr;nodelay 1;box qw{| -};($l,$d,$k,@f)=(1..3,[1 +0,10]);& n;while(){refresh;@f=([$f[0][0]+$d%2-($d==1)*2,$f[0][1]+$d%2-1+($d==2) +*2],@f); select$f,$f,$f,.06;($c=getch)+1and$d=4-($c%2?2:0)-($c<260);addch@{pop@ +f},' 'if @f>$l;$l+=$_=inch@{$f[0]};if(!/ /){/\d/||die;addstr 0, 60,$l;&n}addch@ +{$f[0]}, 'O'}sub n{while(){@v=(rand 24,rand 80);inch(@v)eq' '&&last}addch@v,''. +rand 10}

    Was this the first obfu to attempt fancy "visual effects"? Displaying mind-blowing visual effects became wildly popular with obfuscators that followed, for example:

    Obu No 7: My 2 cents worth by Erudil (last here Sep 18 2008)

    Created: Mar 02 2000, Rep: 216, 13 replies.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w # my 2 cents worth use strict; $_='$_=tue($=+(two ($;)>>(two($;)>>2+2))){tue (too(two(tue($=+(two($;)>>(two ($;)>>2+2))))+(two($;)>>2+2))){tue (too(two(tue($=+(two($;)>>(two($;)>>2+ 2))))+(two($;)>>2+2))-2){tue(too(two(tue ($=+(two($;)>>(two($;)>>2+2)))))){tue(too( too(two($;)>>(two($;) >>2+2)))){tue(too($=+ +(two($;)>>2+2))){tue ((two($;)<<2)-2){tue ((two($;)<<2)-(two($; )>>2+2)){tue(too(two( tue($=+(two($;)>>(two ($;)>>2+2)))))){{tue (too($=+(two($;)>>2)+ (two($;)>>2+2))){{tue (too($=+(two($;)>>2)- 2)){{{tue(too($=+(two ($;)>>(two($;)>>2+2)) -2)){tue(too(too(two( $;)>>(two($;)>>2+2))) ){tue(too(too(too(too (two($;)>>(two($;)>>2 +2)))))){{tue(too($=+ (two($;)>>2)-2))}tue( too($=+(two($;)>>(two ($;)>>2+2))-2)){tue(( two($;)<<2)-((two($;) >>2>>2)<<2))}tue(too( too(two($;)>>(two($;) >>2+2))))}}tue(too($= +(two($;)>>2)+(two($;)>>2+2)))}}tue(too($=+( two($;)>>2+2)))}}tue(too((two($;)<<(two($;)>> 2>>2))+(two($;)>>2)))}}}tue((two($;)<<2)-((two ($;)>>2>>2)<<2)-(two($;)>>2>>2))}}}tue(too($=+( two($;)>>2)-2))}}}tue(too($=+(two($;)>>(two($;) >>2+2))-2))}}}tue(too(too(two($;)>>(two($;)>>2+ 2)))+(two($;)>>(two($;)>>2+2))-2);';y;{};..;sd; s;two;ord;g;s;too;hex;g;s;tue;chr;g;eval;print;

    Wow! Erudil wrote only 13 nodes, all with 100+ rep, and including the highest rated PM node of all time! Given the above masterwork was his "first attempt", I trust you can see why he is a PerlMonks legend, still revered and fondly remembered today.

    This node has the further distinction of being the first ever "block-buster obfu", given its 200+ reputation. Erudil elevated Perl obfu to a true art form.

    Obu No 8: Smile! by Anonymous Monk

    Created: Mar 04 2000, Rep: 9, 1 replies.

    # smiley - ($R=q#for (split/&/ =>q;4a&75@^ 73&74@20^41 &@6e@@6f^&@74 ^68&&65@72&20 &^50@65&@72 ^@6c&@20^48 @@61&@63& 6b@65&72;) {print &@pack ^c@&=> hex$_} ;print "\n"#) =~s,[&^@\s]+, ,g;eval$R

    Obu No 9: recursive self modifying eval japh by Anonymous Monk

    Created: Mar 13 2000, Rep: 6, 3 replies.

    $_='",",/[J|]$/?m)^.J)?(m~"(.+?)"~):s](^(.)(.*\)\?p.*)|(\)\?)(.' .'*))\|(.)]$4$2$6$3$5|]<<eval:s<([\w -%])(?=[^|]*$)><pack+q*c*,' .'(ord$1)-++$i%3>eg!~eval#@|xslvuuipfem#pwht%uimwssd$yvyO'=>eval

    Obu No 10: Tribute to Larry by whitton (last here Apr 07 2000)

    Created: Mar 28 2000, Rep: 9, 0 replies.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -- what is larry wall? @_=qw(l a r r y w a l l);for(0..1){$_[$_] =~ y#a-z#e-w#;} $_[3]=$_[$#_].' ';$_[4]=~s$y$h$;($_[5],$_[6])=($_[6],$_[5]); ++$_[6];$_[7]=chr 3+ord $_[7];$_[8]=~y~a-z~g-t~;print @_,".\n"

    Where are they now?

    Sadly, most of the obfu pioneers listed above have not been sighted for five years or more, the only exception being japhy ... though he only drops in occasionally nowadays.


perl + Qt, the easy way
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by vkon
on Dec 13, 2014 at 08:53
    here is a recently tried by me approach, which appears to be coolest thing since sliced bread.

    Code speaks louder than words.
    Here I go:

    runs just fine, wow...
    As for today - when there is no usable PerlQT on CPAN - this brings tons of possibilities.

    Yep, python is a nice lib... Long live Inline::Python !

Multi-stage flip-flop?
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by RonW
on Dec 10, 2014 at 18:30
    In a response to a SOPW post, I wrote:
    while (<>) { if (/^#ERRORS/ .. /^CELLS/) { push(@errors, $_); } elsif (/^CELLS/ .. /^\s*$/) { push(@errors, $_); } else { ...; # other processing } }

    Which doesn't work.

    Occurs to me that it might be a useful enhancement to allow .. conditionX to be an additional stage to the preceding condition1 .. condition2, creating a linked cascade of flip-flops:

    if (/match1/ .. /match2/) { doStage1(); } elsif (.. /match3/) { doStage2(); } elsif (.. /match4/) { doStage3(); } else { doOtherProcessing(); }

    The semantics would be an extension of .. In the second example, match1 would trigger stage 1 (doStage1() will be called). Then match2 will end stage 1 and trigger stage 2 (doStage2() will be called). Then match3 ends stage 2 and triggers stage 3 (doStage3() will be called). Finally, match4 resets the cascade.


    Updated to mention the first example doesn't work.

    Updated second example and the description of the semmantics.

Would you suggest alternative names for Perl 6?
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by rsFalse
on Dec 05, 2014 at 11:00
    I was upset when I knew that Perl 6 is a different language and not compatible with Perl and have the similar name, and appeared after Perl v5. Its is messy; practically humans think that number which goes after the name means version or something like that.
    I think that a name for that new language could have to match /^Perl\s?\D.*$/i or /^\w+\sPerl$/i, but not /^Perl\s?\d+$/i.
    Maybe it could be something like "Perlix", "Perlox", "Perl*". I liked Perlox or Perlex, where maybe -ex could mean 'extended', and -ox could mean that it has optimized (o) regexes (say DFA on simple search pattern), and it doesn't count spaces in regex by default (x).
    Now it is like forbidden for Perl v1..5 to have v6.

    UPD. Sorry for mis-searching. And thanks for very nice nodes, especially very funny very first!
Gaps in the Maps of pm.orgs
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by wjw
on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:37

    I recently graduated to a situation where I might have time to explore Perl in a more 'social' context: by that I mean in meat-space. To my mild consternation, a look at the map of North American Perl Monger groups only to find that I am on the eastern edge of the great northern void.

    There are a couple of these desolate areas represented on the map, Some of these are perhaps more easily explained away than others I suppose. States with lower population densities or fewer urban areas are somewhat understandable as geographical deserts of Perl desolation. However, to my way of thinking, that does not explain all of these holes in the map of North America.

    Looking at the world map is even more strange to me. Perl is such a friendly, though quirky sort of language. It seems like it would bring people together more readily....

    One area in particular is odd to me, and the source of my mild regret. I currently reside on the Northwest corner of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. This is not a massive or dense urban area, but it is not small either. There are numerous higher education institutions, a broad variety of industries are represented in the region, and yet no pm group. One would think that combined with the previously mentioned advantages, the winters we have here, would lend it to be an ideal place to attract a good number of Perl users interested in jaw-jacking over a beer or two. Come to think of it, there are some pretty good beers available here too....another reason which would support congregating on occasion.

    Apparently not.

    Searches on various engines indicate there have been efforts to establish such a group to no effect over the years. Once again, I find myself grateful for this site. I guess for now, my contact with the world of Perl will continue to be ethereal... . Not complaining, just saying... .

    PS. If someone knows of something my quick search missed, please do let me know. I could use a beer....

    Update:Thanks to those of you that responded. I am looking into opensource/linux and sundry tangential subjects in the area to see what might be leveraged. I do appreciate the encouragement, though I do want to investigate the reasons that it has not been done successfully previously first before I tackle something like this. Doing it poorly would probably be more damaging than not doing it at all...

    ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

    A solution is nothing more than a clearly stated problem...

Opinion: where Perl5 wasn't attractive for me
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by rsFalse
on Nov 19, 2014 at 05:59
    As a newbie, I was dissapointed of:
    1) Perl does not have integer division operator. It must call "use/no integer" to change type. Python has: / - normal division, // - integer division. Sugar.
    To use things such as "ceil/floor", I need to "use POSIX"... Aren't they basic?
    2) It is not problem for me to read dollars in single variables. But it is annoying to read them in some-dimensional arrays (it's noisy), e.g. $array[$i][$j] > $array[$i][$j-1].
    3) It is strongly recommended to "use strict" and make variables "my", then why it is not default? Whay all the code must have so much my my my my...?
    4) Doesn't work - "$_ = reverse"; If in subroutine I can write "$_ = shift", why can't I write so in main (I need to write "$_ = shift @_").
    5) It was strange that "cho(m)p" returns last symbol, not a string w/o last symbol. Ruby's cho(m)p I like more, because I can proceed on string: gets.cho(m)p.split.do_smth...
    6) Can't use blocks using "and/or":
    "$i > 5 or {print "No"; last}" (overcome - "$i > 5 or (print "No"), last"; comma is tighter than "or" but it is counter-intuitive for me)
    7) It was suprise for me that when I used "$hash{length}" it interpreted (length $_) as "length"; Surprise was that ++ has magic (I need to know exceptions) and -- has not; Surprise that "use bigint" doesn't DWIM in some cases.
    8) Difficult exception is that "print (1+1)*2" != "print 2*(1+1)" == "print STDOUT (1+1)*2". I think "print(..." should better wait until the end of block or ";".
Sub signatures, and a vexing parse
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by davido
on Nov 18, 2014 at 16:53

    I was experimenting with the experimental subroutine signatures feature of Perl 5.20 today along with the much maligned prototypes feature of old, and encountered a most vexing parse that interested me. So I wanted to mention it here.

    First, something that is not a problem:

    *mysub = sub : prototype(\@\@) ($left,$right) { ... };

    This parses correctly, and will generate a subroutine named mysub with a prototype of \@\@, and with named parameters of $left and $right, which when called will contain array refs. But this doesn't do much. My real goal was generating several similar subroutines, and called upon map in a BEGIN{ ... } block to do the heavy lifting.

    Here is a contrived example that isn't terribly useful, but that works, and demonstrates the issue:

    use strict; use warnings; no warnings 'experimental::signatures'; use feature qw/say signatures/; use List::Util qw(all); BEGIN { ( *array_numeq,*array_streq ) = map { my $compare = $_; sub :prototype(\@\@) ($l,$r) { @$l == @$r && all { $compare->($l->[$_],$r->[$_]) } 0 .. $#$l } } sub { shift == shift }, sub { shift eq shift } } my @left = ( 1, 2, 3 ); my @right = ( 1, 2, 3 ); { local $" = ','; say "(@left) ", ( array_numeq @left, @right ) ? "matches" : "doesn't match", " (@right)"; }

    Do you see what the problem is? The compiler doesn't care for this at all, and will throw a pretty useless compiletime error:

    Array found where operator expected at mytest2.pl line 14, at end of l +ine (Missing operator before ?) syntax error at mytest2.pl line 14, near "@\@) " Global symbol "$l" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +4. Global symbol "$r" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +4. Global symbol "$l" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +5. Global symbol "$r" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +5. Global symbol "$l" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +6. Global symbol "$r" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +6. Global symbol "$l" requires explicit package name at mytest2.pl line 1 +7. BEGIN not safe after errors--compilation aborted at mytest2.pl line 17 +.

    Q: So what changed between the first example, that works, and the second example, that doesn't?

    A: Lacking other cues, the compiler parses  sub : as a label named sub, and thinks that I'm trying to call a subroutine named prototype... and from that point on things are totally out of whack.

    Solution: +. Anything that can remind the parser that it's not looking at a label will do the trick. Parenthesis around the sub : ... construct works, but + is easier, and probably more familiar to programmers who use + to get {....} to be treated as an anonymous hash ref constructor rather than as a lexical block.

    With that in mind, here's code that works:

    use strict; use warnings; no warnings 'experimental::signatures'; use feature qw/say signatures/; use List::Util qw(all); BEGIN { ( *array_numeq,*array_streq ) = map { my $compare = $_; + sub :prototype(\@\@) ($l,$r) { @$l == @$r && all { $compare->($l->[$_],$r->[$_]) } 0 .. $#$l } } sub { shift == shift }, sub { shift eq shift } } my @left = ( 1, 2, 3 ); my @right = ( 1, 2, 3 ); { local $" = ','; say "(@left) ", ( array_numeq @left, @right ) ? "matches" : "doesn't match", " (@right)"; }

    ...or how a single keystroke de-vexed the parse.

    A really simple example that breaks is this:

    my $subref = do{ sub : prototype($) ($s) { return $s; }; # Perl thinks sub: is a lab +el here. };

    I don't really see any way around the parsing confusion in the original version that doesn't work. That perl considers sub : to be a label in the absence of other cues is probably not something that can be fixed without making sub an illegal label. But if I were to file a bug report (which I haven't done yet), it would probably be related to the useless error message.

    This example is fairly contrived, but it's not impossible to think that subs with signatures and prototypes might be generated in some similar way as to fall prey to this mis-parse.

    Credit to mst and mauke on irc.perl.org#perl for deciphering why the compiler fails to DWIW.


The First Ten Perl Monks
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Nov 16, 2014 at 08:31
The future of Perl?
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by BrowserUk
on Nov 03, 2014 at 23:03

    Does it have one? Discuss.

    I express no opinion, because I'm not looking for an argument. No prompts, cribs or alternatives; because I don't want to influence what if any discussion ensues, one way or the other.

    I'm seeking, if not a consensus; then at least a census. A (possibly anonymous) expression of opinion from as many people who feel that they have a) a vested interest; b) an opinion worth expressing.

    No counter arguments; no condemnations; though I might have follow-up questions; which you are of course, perfectly entitled to ignore.

    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
RFC: MooX::Role::Reconstruct (was MooX::Restore)
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by boftx
on Nov 03, 2014 at 01:05

    After quite a bit of playing around I have what I think might be a viable approach:


    Of particular interest is test 05 and 06 in the t/subclasses directory.

    I would appreciate thoughts on how it is implemented, how to improve the documentation, and how to expand the tests. I want to see how it plays with MooX::StrictConstructor in particular, but am unsure just how to include tests for that.

    In the meanwhile, I hope someone finds this of interest. I expect to release it to CPAN within the week unless I receive a reason not to from my fellow monks or one of the Moo demi-gods.

    You must always remember that the primary goal is to drain the swamp even when you are hip-deep in alligators.
How to make a progress counter for parsing HTML with HTML::TreeBuilder
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by ambrus
on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:33

    This is the true story of a trivial bug I made in a perl program yesterday.

    This program parses a 3 megabyte sized HTML file using the HTML::TreeBuilder module. The program takes less than 30 seconds to run, but that'ss still boring to wait and I'd like to see whether it hangs, so I decided to add a progress counter. Now, as I haven't written all of the program yet, much of the time is currently spent in just parsing the HTML file and building a tree representation in memory from it. Thus, I needed a progress counter in the HTML parsing itself (as well as one in the rest of the program).

    Before I added the progress counter, all of the HTML parsing happened in just one call of the HTML::TreeBuilder->parse_file method. If I kept that, if would be difficult to add a progress counter in it. Thus, I changed the code to instead read the HTML file in 64 kilobyte chunks, feed them each to the parser with the HTML::TreeBuilder->parse method, and print progress after each according to how much of the file is read.

    I thus wrote this.

    use HTML::TreeBuilder; my $filename = ...; my $tree = HTML::TreeBuilder->new; { open my $fileh, "<", $filename or die qq(error opening input h +tml file "$filename": $!); binmode $fileh; my $filesize = -s $fileh; while (read $fileh, my $buf, (1<<16)) { $tree->parse($buf); printf(STDERR "Parsing html, %2d%%;\r", int(100*tell($ +fileh)/($filesize+1))); } $tree->eof; print STDERR "Parsing html complete. \n"; }

    This worked fine. I got a comforting progress counter with percentages rolling quickly on the screen.

    Later, however, I wanted to work around a bug in the HTML, namely some missing open tags. This can be done mechanically, because this is a generated HTML file, but it was easier if I could modify the text of the HTML before parsing it to the tree, because otherwise the tree would have a wrong shape that would be difficult to fix.

    Thus, I chose to do some substitution on the text of the HTML before parsing it. This was easier by slurping the whole HTML file and doing substitutions on the whole thing. So I changed the code to slurp the file contents, substitute it, but then I still wanted to feed it to HTML::TreeBuilder in chunks to get a nice progress counter. No big deal, I wrote this.

    use HTML::TreeBuilder; my $filename = ...; my $tree = HTML::TreeBuilder->new; { printf STDERR "Reading html file.\n"; open my $fileh, "<", $filename or die qq(error opening input h +tml file "$filename": $!); binmode $fileh; local $/; my $filec = <$fileh>; eof($fileh) or die qq(error reading input html file); printf STDERR "Substing html file.\n"; $filec =~ ...; my $filesize = length $filec; printf STDERR "Substed html has length %d\n", $filesize; my $filetell = 0; while (my$buf = substr $filec, 0, (1<<16), "") { $filetell += length $filec; $tree->parse($buf); printf STDERR "Parsing html: %2d%%;\r", int(100*$filet +ell/($filesize+1)); } $tree->eof; print STDERR "Parsing html complete. \n"; }

    This didn't work. The progress counter started showing very high numbers, going up to tens of thousands of percents. I stopped the program because I was worried it got into an infinite loop repeatedly parsing the same part of the file over and over again, and will build an infinite tree.

    After a while, I found the problem. It turns out that the HTML was parsed correctly, only the progress was displayed wrong.

    Can you spot the bug? I'll reveal the solution under the fold.

RFC: MooX::Restore
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by boftx
on Oct 28, 2014 at 23:01

    I saw this module come across recently: MooseX::Role::UnsafeConstructable

    I immediately thought of a few use-cases where I want to instantiate an object from, say, a database row but having init_arg => undef, in my Moo code would prevent that.

    As it turns out, it is fairly simple to create a Moo::Role that can provide a new method, possibly named restore that can ignore the init_arg directive and allow one to instantiate a Moo object from a hash or hashref that would otherwise be blocked. A side benefit is that such a method could still call builders and whatnot if needed for attributes that were not stored in the database row.

    My questions are these: a) does anyone else have a similar use-case where it would be handy to do something like my $obj = MyClass->restore( $db_rowref );, bypassing init_arg restrictions, and b) what would be the correct name for such a Role? (I really think "UnsafeConstructable" is a bad choice.)

    I realize there are a few (or more) warts on this, especially where init_arg is used to rename an attribute. I would love to hear thoughts on what one would expect to happen in those cases.

    You must always remember that the primary goal is to drain the swamp even when you are hip-deep in alligators.
RFC: QA Uploads
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by mgv
on Oct 27, 2014 at 17:35

    Debian has a process called "QA uploads" if a package is orphaned1, any Debian Developer can upload a new version of the package without adopting it.

    When adopting a package/module, the adopter feels compelled to fix all bugs, add more tests, clean up everything, etc (otherwise they wouldn't be doing their job as maintainers). The amount of work discourages people from adopting modules.

    With QA Uploads, an interested user can fix that particularily annoying bug without the burden of having to maintain the module.

    Thus, I believe that adding QA uploads to PAUSE would increase the average quality of modules. I haven't thought about implementation details, but I think the PAUSE indexer could simply index any upload of an orphaned module.

    1 Debian / CPAN equivalence:
    O: / OrphanedADOPTME has f/m/c
    RFA: / Request for AdoptionHANDOFF has c
    RFH: / Request for HelpNEEDHELP has c
    QA Uploads are only possible for orphaned packages.
Reanimating regular issue: Indirect Object Notation
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by McA
on Oct 27, 2014 at 06:22

    Hi all,

    as a regular reader of the Perlweekly newsletter I stumbled on this entry in Edition #170: Stop using indirect object notation.

    In the same moment I thought: Didn't I ask something related some time ago? Yes, I did. And I found it: Reference needed.

    So, I bring this to awareness once again.

    The reactions on twitter are interesting. IMHO the very first action that could be taken: Change all (changeable) documentation where new Class is used. Because most people don't care. They're copy&pasting the examples and synopsis of CPAN modules. And you can find this indirect notation on CPAN.


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