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by delirium (Chaplain)
on Dec 29, 2001 at 01:07 UTC ( #134983=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I worked for 6 years in e-commerce as a data communications phone-jockey, surviving the dot-com bust, several re-orgs, and post 9/11 layoffs.

I now code Perl professionally for the e-commerce group of a local power company. No, the blackout wasn't my fault.

I found this site in late 2001, after I had set up as a vanity site. The writings of merlyn, tye, and tilly, and the book by davorg, "Data Munging with Perl", helped me understand some of Perl's finer points, as well as improve my overall coding practices.

Using what I learned, I made a few re-writes of my site until I was happy with it. Now the s‎crip‎ts that run my site have been published on Sourceforge as "atengine", and they're really, *really* bad as a package. I keep meaning to go update everything, but I always find something better to do.

Anyway, Perl was this fun thing I played with, and I eventually started incorporating it into my job to do simple tasks like Telnet to a router, get the ip nat table, count the duplicates, and keep a historical archive. Eventually admins started coming to me to ask if I'd write them a quick s‎crip‎t to do thus-and-so.

After about a year of that and me talking about coding and such on my web page, the job offers started coming. Most of them were looking to pay me less than I was already making, or were headhunters trying to bill themselves as something else. I eventually said yes to a good offer, and now I'm gleefully working in Unix and Perl heaven. I get paid to do those things I tried to steal away time for in the past.

There's no doubt about it, life is better with Perl.

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[hippo]: Make it an option?
[Corion]: hippo: Yes, but I'm not sure that it's even worth the effort of implementing it at all...
[Corion]: You'll only ever need that option if you have a long-running query whose results are not cached by your DB already, and in those cases I presume that the programmer will want to maintain the temporary tables themselves - I wouldn't know when to drop ...
[Corion]: ... the temporary tables, and also don't have a good idea on how to create unique table names for them
[hippo]: OIC. In that case leave it out but invite feature requests and see if any of the users suggest it. :-)
[Corion]: Talking about this makes me realize that it's likely only a half useful idea. But it still would be convenient to have as an option...
[Corion]: hippo: Hmmm - yeah, I could document it and wait for code implementing that option to show up ;-D

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