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by TilRMan (Friar)
on Dec 01, 2003 at 07:27 UTC ( #311184=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

no less can I say; require strict, close attention while you ... write haiku

I started using Perl in January 2000 as a lowly intern doing software testing. At first I loathed Perl because it was difficult to understand and so unrestrained compared to C. Eventually I realized that only poor Perl code is difficult to understand, and that the difference from C was freedom, expressiveness, and the ability to get the job done.

Today I use Perl for the exact purpose it was created: automating those tedious five-minute tasks that wear on your patience and nickel-and-dime the day away. Occasionally I get to automate that tedious two-week task. Perl is the language for telling the computer how to do the things a computer is good at, leaving the interesting stuff for us humans.


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[Lady_Aleena]: And the env variable $HOME doesn't work either. !@#$
[shmem]: no, that's a shell feature. Use $ENV{HOME}
[marioroy]: my $ans = qx{ find \$HOME -name "*.pl" -exec ls -l {} \\; };
[marioroy]: must backslash $ inside qx
[Lady_Aleena]: I haven't written perl for a while, I've been trying to do things at the command line. I'm having to relearn a lot.
[marioroy]: LA can you post the qx find again
[Lady_Aleena]: Things I would have written a script for while I was on Windows, I can run simply on the command line.
[Lady_Aleena]: marioroy, my @music_times = qx(find ~/Music/Albums/ -type f -iname '*.mp3' -exec mp3info -p "%S\n" {} \;); #unfixed

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