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Re: Re: I mainly write Perl at...

by mojotoad (Monsignor)
on Oct 21, 2002 at 21:08 UTC ( #206923=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: I mainly write Perl at...
in thread I mainly write Perl at...

Over the last year I found myself coding in the strangest of places; I was travelling without a PC and relying on net cafes whenever I could find them.

So one time, similar to yours, I had an ahah experience about an abstraction layer for a spidering application -- I fleshed it out in my travel log while spending several days in a dirt floor home in a tribal village in Flores, Indonesia.

Another time I had to patch and release one of my modules while waiting out a rainstorm on the coast of Vietnam from an excruciatingly slow net drop in a local net cafe. I already had to wait to find this cafe, because most of the cafes in Vietnam filter out the ssh protocol, but for some reason this one allowed it.

Hmm, this would make a good root node -- where's the strangest place you've ever coded?

Matt

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Re: Re: Re: I mainly write Perl at...
by penguinfuz (Pilgrim) on Oct 21, 2002 at 23:34 UTC
    Hmm, this would make a good root node
    Agreed!

    where's the strangest place you've ever coded?
    In the bathtub with one of those portable little white boards.
      It is done. Please go there and elaborate on the whiteboard story!

      Matt

Re: Re: Re: I mainly write Perl at...
by seattlejohn (Deacon) on Oct 24, 2002 at 07:46 UTC
    I had to laugh (and ++) ... I too have pages from my travel journals filled with diagrams and pseudocode that have popped into my head in unlikely places ... while curled up inside my tent on a rainy Alaska evening or doing things like taking an overnight bus ride to Istanbul ... but your dirt floor tribal home in Flores and sluggish net cafe in Vietnam remind me how much of the world I have yet to see. :-)

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[davido]: Using the -i switch causes Perl to rename the input file, read from it, and write to a file using the original file's name. If there's an extension provided, as in -i.bak, it's easy to see where the input file is. Where is the input file temporarily....
[davido]: placed if there is no extension provided to the -i switch?
[davido]: Nevermind, found the answer.
[davido]: If no extension is supplied, and your system supports it, the original file is kept open without a name while the output is redirected to a new file with the original filename. When perl exits, cleanly or not, the original file is unlinked.
[haukex]: doc says "If no extension is supplied, and your system supports it, the original file is kept open without a name ..."
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