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The 80/20 Rule

Damian Conway was in Toronto again to give a talk to the local community (Perl Mongers, Linux User Group, and others willing to be entertained for an evening for free.)

It’s always good to get some Damian time, and this year’s presentation has returned to a more Perl-ish focus. I enjoy wondering how I might have attacked the module he described – Regexp::Grammars – and I’ve come to the conclusion that I seem to have the 80/20 “rule” backwards. Maybe by next year I’ll learn how to write the 20% of the code which gets me 80% of the functionality, rather than dejectedly abandoning my (seemingly endless) 80% of the code as it limps slowly towards 20% of the functionality if I’m lucky.

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