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
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
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.