in reply to Ternary vs. Sort vs. Max

Just for the sake of TIMTOWTDI:

$max = ($x,$y)[$x<$y]; $min = ($x,$y)[$x>$y];

which is a golfed version of your 2nd variant: (sort-of) a one-step sort which eliminates building a code block frame and the call of sort. Ternary is cheaper, since it doesn't involve bulding a list.

I've been working at a place where restrictive coding standards prohibited ternary and forced me to write

if ($x < $y ) { $max = $y; } else { $max = $x; }

- which is as cheap as ternary (I guess) but looks convoluted to me - among other hilarities. Good riddance.

perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'