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Re (tilly) 1: Idea for Perl Learning Tool

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Apr 29, 2001 at 06:01 UTC ( #76430=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Idea for Perl Learning Tool

It is essentially impossible for reasons listed at On Parsing Perl. However tools like B::Deparse are able to do a "95%" job of parsing Perl, and you might be able to build a useful tool on top of that.

Also Perl 6 is supposed to have a saner syntax when it comes...

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(tye)Re: Idea for Perl Learning Tool
by tye (Sage) on Apr 29, 2001 at 07:15 UTC

    The reasons in that thread are talking about having something other than perl itself parse Perl scripts. B::Deparse doesn't parse Perl, it dumps the results of what perl itself parsed.

    The only reason that B::Deparse is missing 5% (or less) is because the module is still young. Some of the bigger missing pieces were just put in place (from what I read) so I suspect that the latest version (not generally available) can successfully "deparse" quite a few working scripts such that the results are functionally identical.

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