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Obfuscation is

by vroom (His Eminence)
on Sep 18, 2001 at 00:28 UTC ( #112949=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Vote on this poll

something I do as a hobby
[bar] 137/17%
something I do for a living
[bar] 45/5%
something I don't do
[bar] 196/24%
something I avoid for good reason
[bar] 202/25%
my way of maintaining job security
[bar] 127/15%
my way of XP whoring
[bar] 115/14%
822 total votes
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Re: Obfuscation is
by blacksmith (Hermit) on Sep 18, 2001 at 20:29 UTC
    Actually, I do not try to obfuscate. It just happens when I try to write code.
Re: Obfuscation is
by cat2014 (Monk) on Sep 19, 2001 at 07:34 UTC
    ha-- this is a coincidence to see this quiz today!

    this morning i was showing a perl program -which i thought was a pretty basic, straighforward program- to a friend who's primarily a C++ programmer. although he uses perl to do some basic shell script stuff, i got a nice "what the heck are you DOING?" reaction. i guess he doesn't yet use references to hashes of hashes of arrays & write 3 line regexen to do his work. (;

    it was a funny reminder to me that what isn't obfuscated to a perl programmer is totally obfuscated to a the poor folks who have to use other languages. -- cat

Education through Obfuscation
by jake (Pilgrim) on Sep 18, 2001 at 08:14 UTC
    Yes, I'm an XP whore when it comes to the obfu. Please vote this, this and this up. :)

    But seriously... I just started to obfu recently to build up my Perl chops. I've learned so much from doing this. Highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it. And it's great when you want to code, but can't think of anything important to write.

    "This space intentionally left blank" -Zork
Re: Obfuscation is
by E-Bitch (Pilgrim) on Sep 18, 2001 at 02:23 UTC
    You didnt specify making oneself invisible or obfuscating code on the question... I assumed the invisible option

    Tempora Mutantur Nos et Mutamur in Illis
    "The Times are Changed Even as We are Changed in Them"
Re: Obfuscation is
by ChOas (Curate) on Sep 20, 2001 at 14:26 UTC
    Where is the option 'Erudil` ?


    print "profeth still\n" if /bird|devil/;
Re: Obfuscation is
by snafu (Chaplain) on Sep 18, 2001 at 23:07 UTC
    What about:

    I would obfu if I knew how...but pack() and unpack() really 'fuse me!

    - Jim

Re: Obfuscation is
by mugwumpjism (Hermit) on Sep 20, 2001 at 14:11 UTC
    Where's the "to gain social acceptance from my peers and appear 1337" option?
Re: Obfuscation is
by gregor42 (Parson) on Sep 19, 2001 at 16:32 UTC


    Something to do as a Hobby - While procrastinating at work...

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!

      I had to reply that it is my job - I just got an offer from a management consultancy firm!

      Elgon ducks fast...

      "Without evil there can be no good, so it must be good to be evil sometimes.
      --Satan, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut.

Re: Obfuscation is
by Nitsuj (Hermit) on Sep 20, 2001 at 16:16 UTC
    I cannot obfuscate myself... neither can one of my Vampire characters, but the other can obfuscate himself quite well... but then, that's to be expected from his clan.

    Oh, as for the code, I like readable maintainable code... not sure why :-P

    Just Another Perl Backpacker
Re: Obfuscation is
by mwendel (Initiate) on Sep 27, 2001 at 21:33 UTC
    something I find myself cleaning up after, every time I take a job where the guy before me was described as "He was a really smart guy, but..."
Re: Obfuscation is
by princepawn (Parson) on Sep 21, 2001 at 02:56 UTC
    do people obfuscate in languages other than Perl? if so, I'm not aware of it
      There's the Obfuscated C contest which St. Larry has won more than once, and there's even such a thing as Obfuscated Python. I think this dude was meant to be a Perl programmer, but was led astray somewhere along the line.
      Hi all,

      The International Obfuscated C Code Contest lives at There's some entertaining stuff there.


XP Whoring...
by Malkavian (Friar) on Oct 01, 2001 at 17:38 UTC
    Isn't that what Microsoft is into these days? And their code has always been obfuscated from view...


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