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Forgive me mine, for it scares me some nights to think it may survive still.

The one that scares me the most thinking about it was a script I wrote about 4-5 years ago (well before I knew of the Monastery). At the time, a gentleman who did web design asked if I could write a replacement for CGI he used to send submitted web form input to a site's owner via email. (The CGI he had previously used was a compiled binary, and would not work on the new platform he was moving to.) The list of scary features (that I can recall) included:

  • No warnings
  • No strict
  • No subroutines-everything in main
  • Global variables
  • No useful comments
  • No consistent coding style
  • No checking of user input
  • Address information (to/from/subject) from hidden tags
  • E-mail piped out to the copy of sendmail on the box, and
  • It even retained the name it had during testing.

Probably the only saving grace for it was that it did not try to parse its own form input, instead using

While I do not yet know the proper pentience for that monstrosity (or even if it still exists), I think the note it placed against my karma may take some time still to requite.

In reply to Re: Worst thing you ever made with Perl by atcroft
in thread Worst thing you ever made with Perl by Juerd

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