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Nice work. Lets add a bit of holistic consideration. What exactly is he trying to achieve? well, very simply it's a plural translation within english. In those instances where more than one system is down, he wishes to maintain a correct english sentence.

We thus minimise our code duplication like this (perl):

open(MAIL,"|mailx blah") || die "No mail stuff: $! \n"; if ($ct>0) { print MAIL "\n$ct ".($ct>1 ? "are not available" : "is down")." at + this time.\n"; } close(MAIL);

But of course the greatest optimisation is always achieved by considering the whole problem, not just the perl:

open(MAIL,"|mailx blah") || die "No mail stuff: $! \n"; print MAIL "\nSystems unavailable at this time: $ct\n" if ($ct>0) close(MAIL);

Silly I know, but to the point: Good optimisation looks at the whole problem.

In reply to Re: Re: Can I clean this up?? by PhiRatE
in thread Can I clean this up?? by Anonymous Monk

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