First: you are not alone ... see this and this remark by our fellow monk Dominus (search for word "pack" to find remark).

Second, I liked the explanation of pages 220-223 of Effective Perl Programming. The rest is about finding good examples.

Third, I think that the declining popularity of pack() and unpack() might be a consequence of the increasing emphasis on text-based protocols, e.g., XML and friends. You just don't need pack() and unpack() that often anymore (at least, that's my experience).

Christian Lemburg
Brainbench MVP for Perl

In reply to Re: Confession of a Perl Hacker by clemburg
in thread Confession of a Perl Hacker by dkubb

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