SPUG: Legal Perl

Brian Wisti brianwisti at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 9 17:47:33 PDT 2005

And here some people were complaining about Perl poetry. This opens up
a whole new can of worms, doesn't it :-)

Kind Regards,

my $signed = "Brian Wisti" || 
           $aforementioned->party_of() || 
           "something, I don't know legalese";

--- Andrew Sweger <andrew at sweger.net> wrote:

> I've noticed that when I read legalese (contracts, licenses, etc.), I
> tend
> to render them in pseudocode in my head. I wonder if anyone has ever
> tried
> to use Perl (or any other programming language) to express a legal
> document. The ability to use variables and data structures to
> represent
> goods, services, entities, and events would give a way to logically
> codify
> (heh heh) an agreement. Nevermind the slough of problems with
> programs
> that are hard to implement or design documents that under specify the
> requirements, etc. I think it would be funny (ha ha) to write a
> contract
> this way, just for fun I guess. I wonder how a lawyer would respond
> if
> presented with one of these.
> -- 
> Andrew B. Sweger -- The great thing about multitasking is that
> several
>                                 things can go wrong at once.
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