PDQ in Perl 5

PDQ in Perl 5

This page was last updated on Aug 31, 2008


1  Release Information
2  Power of Perl
3  User Guide
4  Feedback

1  Release Information

This page concerns the Perl 5 latest release of PDQ which also accompanies the book:

Once you have downloaded the PDQ distribution and installed it (per these instructions), you will find the Perl PDQ models located in the
directory. A detailed synopsis of how to use the Perl version of PDQ can be found in Chapter 6 of the above book. Other Perl (non-PDQ) codes used in the book, can be found in the

2  Power of Perl

I just did it again! I needed to extract some performance data from a file and feed it into a PDQ model. It took me 2 minutes to write the Perl code and apply it successfully. I couldn't even write the C-code in 2 minutes, let alone compile it, debug it and apply it successfully. This is the point that John Ousterhout (father of Tcl) tries to make. Much of what he has to say also applies to computer performance modeling. I say more about this in the Preface of my Performance with Perl::PDQ book.
Some more reasons to consider using Perl PDQ (rather than the C version) are:
The conversion of the C source to Perl was performed entirely by Peter Harding using the SWIG facility.
In the future, we hope to incorporate some of your own Perl PDQ models on this page. See the section below on sending Feedback if you have a submission.

3  User Guide

An instruction manual for building Perl-PDQ models appears as a chapter in the new book but you may download a preview copy now.

4  Feedback

New versions of Perl-PDQ are released periodically. Please fill out this form if you would like to notified by email when the release occurs. We are also interested to hear from you if you have Perl code or ideas to contribute to future releases.

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On 31 Aug 2008, 08:43.