So, my son asked me yesterday about how computers work, and we finally got to binary, which he had heard about in school. Then he asks me how numbers look like in binary, and stuff like that. Instead of looking them up, I came up with a perl script to show him any number he would want to see in binary. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but I thought someone may want get a kick out of it, and it really shows how powerful perl is. So, here goes:
# Get the number from the command line or use default.
my $number = shift || 42;
printf "%b\n", $number;