in reply to How some people live without Perl

It was a humbling moment several years ago when, after writing a script to parse network latency test logs and generate a cute little histogram, my coworker simply copy-and-pasted the data into Excel, generating in no time flat far better graphs and stats than could my code. Perl is great, but it isn't the tool for every task.

"The dead do not recognize context" -- Kai, Lexx

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Re: Re: How some people live without Perl
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on Feb 20, 2003 at 03:46 UTC
    True, but this ease of use can evaporate once you need to automate the process. Once you're through with the Windows task scheduler and OLE, etc, the effort might end up being the same. (I could be displaying my ignorance here, I'm not really much of a Windows sort -- feel free (anyone) to correct my impressions on this)

    You are absolutely spot on that we need a better graphing utility than the GD based solutions floating around. Excel rendering kicks their butt.