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Perl Medic: Transforming Legacy Code by Peter Scott

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Chapter 9. Analysis (Forensic Pathology)

“Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.”

— Galileo Galilei, Discourses Concerning Two New Sciences

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9.1. Static Analysis

You’d like to know more about the program you’re working on. But it’s so long and boring that reading it all is likely to cause premature senility. Fortunately there are some tools that can help you get a handle on your morass of Perl source code.

If you’re looking for an interactive development environment (IDE) for Perl, the bad news is that there aren’t many; not nearly ...

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