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Re: Mnemonic Devices for Perl Programming

by George_Sherston (Vicar)
on Nov 16, 2001 at 20:56 UTC ( #125850=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Mnemonic Devices for Perl Programming

I hadn't thought of this, but it's quite a useful thing to do. I have to look up my Perl 5 pocket reference every time I do seek because I have a mental block abt whether the position comes before or after the whence (somehow it makes more sense that it shd come after, actually)... the trouble is, I can't actually think up a snappy mnenomic for FPW. The best I cd do was appropriate for foulmouthed people who don't like accountants, viz **** Price Waterhouse. The asterisks are fine because I know the filehandle comes first ;-). But perhaps the process of looking for a mnenomic will break my blockage and I'll be able to remember anyhow.

George Sherston

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Re: Re: Mnemonic Devices for Perl Programming
by YuckFoo (Abbot) on Nov 17, 2001 at 01:59 UTC
    If inclined, one could write a reverse acronymer. With Perl and a word list one could find mnemonics like:

    seek frozen panda waffles
    seek fattened pizza witches
    seek fierce psychedelic wives

    I never cared for 'Every good boy does fine'. Maybe I can lobby for 'Extinct goats burn dry footballs'?


    #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; my ($string, $num) = @ARGV; my ($DICT) = '/usr/share/dict/words'; my (%words, @chs, $ch, $line, $i); @chs = split('', $string); for $ch (@chs) { if (!defined($words{$ch})) { $words{$ch} = []; } } if (!open(IN, $DICT)) { print STDERR "\nError:$DICT\n\n"; exit; } while (chomp ($line = <IN>)) { $ch = substr($line, 0, 1); if (defined($words{$ch})) { push (@{$words{$ch}}, $line); } } for ($i = 0; $i < $num; $i++) { for $ch (@chs) { print "$words{$ch}->[rand(@{$words{$ch}})] "; } print "\n"; }
Re: Re: Mnemonic Devices for Perl Programming
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Nov 17, 2001 at 06:05 UTC

    Hm, "Seek Fortune, Passion, and Wisdom"?

    James Mastros,
    Just Another Perl Scribe

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