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Elliott

by Elliott (Pilgrim)
on Oct 06, 2001 at 12:53 UTC ( #117190=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I was helping my teenage kids run a Majordomo account and it kept crashing when it tried to send stuff to bad addresses. There must be dozens of Perl s‎crip‎ts to validate email addresses, I thought. But I couldn't find one so I taught myself Perl so I could write one.

That was 14 years and thousands of lines of code ago.

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I was a COBOL programmer. I was terrible at it and soon got a proper job. These days I am a partner in e-commerce company eButtonz and, ironically, spend a lot of my time up to my elbows in Perl.

Before I discovered Perl, I never understood why anyone should love a programming language. Now I know.

I am old and fat and live in Alton, England.

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[LanX]: I told you the story about the “new" currency trading system of Dresdner Bank
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[Corion]: No, or I don't remember the story ;)
LanX my favourite don't tell me the proof of concept is good enough for production anecdote
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[Eily]: what, there's a difference between proof of concept and production?
[LanX]: 20 years ago traders were complaining about the latency of the trading system...
[ambrus]: I'm currently in the process of rewriting my proof of concept programs. They sort of developped organically as I was experimenting, so now I've got an ugly mess of multiple programs and one-liners held together by nothing. I'll have to rewrite them to som
[ambrus]: ething that's both cleanly organized and mostly automated.
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