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Guinness Book of Perl Records

by dws (Chancellor)
on Jan 11, 2005 at 07:37 UTC ( #421211=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Last summer I kept a script with an open database session going across 8 state lines (perl -d of a script using MySQL on my laptop). And we're talking big Western 150-mile-until-next-service states, like Utah and Colorado, not those puny Eastern ones that you miss if you sneeze.

Beat that. C'mon. I dare you. Or toss one down for someone else to beat.

What feat worthy of the record books have you done that involved Perl?

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Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by zentara (Archbishop) on Jan 11, 2005 at 13:44 UTC
    I drank 36 bottles of Guiness once, while discussing Perl. + I managed to get them for free. :-)

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
        Joost++. Canned Guiness++ (here in CT most bars don't have it on tap (though the one I was just at playing trivia does)).
      In a row? :-)
      And you're still alive to tell this tale HOW? ;)
Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by MrCromeDome (Deacon) on Jan 11, 2005 at 14:32 UTC
    My company's contract web designer and I once developed a demonstration of an e-commerce site in Perl while I was driving from Chicago to Kansas City to present said demonstration (note, someone else was driving the car while I was writing code!). Please keep in mind that our designer was remotely deploying templates to the web server running on my laptop, which was connected to the Internet with a blazingly-fast cell-phone dial up connection :P

    (for future reference, it's not the most efficient development process, but it worked!)


      This is the stuff legends are made of. If it just so happens that the name of the e-commerce site was "Ebay" or "" ... you might want to enhance your (undoubtedly already lucrative portfolio) by selling the rights to your story to New Line Cinema or something like that. Documentaries are "in" these days.

Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by trammell (Priest) on Jan 11, 2005 at 14:19 UTC
    I once developed Perl4 code inside a 0.5-Tesla magnet named Rosie.
Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by gaal (Parson) on Jan 11, 2005 at 08:11 UTC
    I've debugged Perl code transatlantically. And transasiacally. Not at the same time, though.
Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by naChoZ (Curate) on Jan 11, 2005 at 14:31 UTC

    My first perl script that (intentionally) did anything useful was over 2000 lines. 2000 lines of pure, breathtaking, crap.

    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right." -- Thomas Paine

Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by CountZero (Bishop) on Jan 11, 2005 at 20:44 UTC
    I once debugged a Perl program while underwater (in the Eurostar train between Brussels and London while crossing the Channel through the Chunnel).


    "If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

      once wrote a mod_perl report display package on my laptop, while flying over the US. no big deal, except my boss was in the seat behind me, shelled into my box from his laptop, and wrote the report generation code at the same time, using a cross-over cable. I think the other passengers thought we were building a bomb when i whipped out the wire and passed it down the aisle. man
        What is best? Frightening the flight attendants by using a suspicious cable or using your WiFi and frightening the flight instruments?


        "If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 11, 2005 at 09:07 UTC
    I once had an 8 hour dialin session to get Perl compiled on a rather stubborn HP-UX box. My location: New York City. The HP-UX box's location: Melbourne, Australia.
Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by DaWolf (Curate) on Jan 11, 2005 at 17:31 UTC
Re: Guinness Book of Perl Records
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 11, 2005 at 08:23 UTC

    There are members of pmdev from Europe, Asia, Oceania.

    Each one of them, when contributing code to PM, is performing a trans-oceanic code contribution.

      I think he ment that he crossed the state-lines with the CPU while the script was running, and that the script had an open connection to a database server which was not traveling with him.

        Oh, I've done transatlantic ssh sessions from here (Munich) to the PM servers. For that matter, I once hacked an X program over remote X -- from a 56k dialup in Lancaster, PA, to CalTech.

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