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This could be made shorter by removing whitespace, but as the interpreter doesn't care about it, I don't think it should count.

Also, I focused only on the Florida count, as that's what I thought Fearless Perl Commando meant. (Yes, that's his title at EDC.)

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use LWP::Simple; my ($c, %d, @o) = get(" +ex.html"); for ('Bush', 'Gore') { if ($c =~ m!$_</a>.+?dPercent">([0-9,]+)!s) { ($d{$_} = $1) =~ tr/,//d; } } @o = sort { $d{$a} cmp $d{$b} } keys %d; my $d = "$o[1] leads $o[0] by @{[($d{$o[1]} - $d{$o[0]})]} votes!"; $d = "It's a tie!" if $d{$o[1]} == $d{$o[0]}; die unless open(I, "vote.log"); @o = <I>; $_ = $o[-1]; exit if (/$d$/); select O if (open(O, ">>vote.log")); print (localtime() . "\n$d\n"); exit if !(open(A, "addresses")); my @a = <A>; die "No sendmail!" unless open(S, "|/usr/lib/sendmail -t"); print S <<E; Subject: Vote results as of @{[ ''. localtime() ]} Bcc: @{[@a]} $d E

Update: Hmm, what's the proper balance between error checking, graceful degradation when CNN changes the page format, and Doing the Right Thing with as few errors as possible? This would make a good Discussion.

/msg me your thoughts.

In reply to RE: Post Election Day Perl by chromatic
in thread Post Election Day Perl by vroom

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