YAPC::NA 2011 • Asheville, NC

Perl Helped Me Graduate
By Matt Nash (‎mnb‎) from Raleigh.pm
Date: Monday, 27 June 2011 15:25
Duration: 20 minutes
Target audience: Beginner
Tags: school

As part of a Senior Design Project at NC State University, a team of Computer Science seniors use()d Perl to create an internal network-diagramming tool for AT&T Business Services. Perl provided text parsing, database access, an interface to the Graphviz graph visualization tool, and a web-services interface to the tool's front end. It also reduced final-semester stress by several orders of magnitude. I describe the project's progress and celebrate Perl's ability to integrate a giant pile of enabling technologies, making the impossible merely difficult.

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