Wednesday, June 24 • 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Using Perl to parse terabytes of mission critical variable semi-structured data with 100% accuracy (with a big twist)

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3 security doors, a PC with no external access, and terabytes of semi-structured data needing parsing with big money riding on it. Would Perl be up for the challenge?

The twist will be revealed in the talk (it’s a doozy).

A large number of financial documents needed parsing. Accuracy was mission critical and money was literally riding on it. There was no specification and the meaning of some data was not even known to our client contacts. Many many years of data. The format shifted over time. It’s in a binary print format I had never heard of.

Would a very loose Backus-Naur Form approach work? Discuss.

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Christopher Jack

Leading Edge Software Ltd
I've been hacking Perl since version 3, mostly for banks and corporate treasuries with commercial database like Oracle, Sybase, and SQLServer. I've use a variety of trading systems.

Wednesday June 24, 2020 12:30pm - 12:50pm EDT
Zoom Channel 2