[Phoenix-pm] A novice logs onto IRC and asks how to sort without using sort...
vodhner at cox.net
Tue Sep 13 07:28:47 PDT 2005
Scott Walters wrote:
> Ask a stupid question . . .
Stupid question indeed. For years I worked in languages in which sorting
was a major chore, requiring all sorts of finagling. I had great respect
for COBOL because, for all its verbosity, at least I could do a sort by
just saying so. The sort function is one of Perl's three greatest
features, along with hashes and regular expressions (the latter used in
a sane and comprehensible manner, please).
BTW, I never write scripts or one-liners in Perl. I write programs. And
I use "eval" as a rare last resort ... in the old days we called that
"code modification" or "alteration", and it turned out then to be a
Really Bad Idea. It still is.
I can play the guitar behind my back. I just don't see any need to.
There's more than one way to do it. And many of them are nightmares. ;-)
Sign me "Stodgy" . . .
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