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Perl and Project?

Yeah, it seems a bit odd as PERL is more typical on the UNIX side of the house, but if you are a die-hard here is a page which shows the basics of getting it to work. As expected, managers and project users get the obligatory slam:

Microsoft Project is a tool that many managers use behind closed doors to prepare massive, wall-sized works of fiction for the entertainment of corporate executives. Closely read, these fictional plans prove convincingly that neither gravity nor even the speed of light are obstacles for the corporation's mighty horde of otherwise unruly developers.

I guess I missed the part where it says "Microsoft Project is teh Sux0rZ". In case you are wondering, here is how to open a project plan from PERL:

use Win32::OLE;
use Win32::OLE::Variant;
use strict;

my $app = Win32::OLE->GetObject("SomeProject.mpp")
or die "Couldn't open project";

my $project = $app->{Projects}->Item(1);



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I need to introduce you to "real" planners and project managers, where MSFT Project is used to deliver on time/on budget for things like national defense assests, multi-billion dollar environmental reclaminations, interstate highways, and the like.

The project managers you mention wouldn't last a day in the places I work in, if they delivered "fictional" schedules.

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