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It always starts when you need to do something quickly... some boring, mechanical task, such as generating 256 similar lines with different fields, generated randomly, and some field increasing by 1 each time.

Most people in the hardware design world do this by hand, which is very sad... but we have Perl ! So yes, a Perl script is coded that does this, and it does it faster, AND can be later re-used. Great !

But then, you do want to reuse it. So, eh, the fields are different, the increments are different, 1/4th of the script must be changed. This is still far better than hand-hardwriting, especially for long sequences, but starts to get annoying.

Then you have a light bulb turn on in your head... How about writing a script which takes a template and uses it to generate vectors, controlling stuff with embedded variables ! Yippe hey, after a few hours of coding you have a 200 line script that can do everything you've wanted from it before, and many other things.

Then you start to wonder - people surely have done these things in Perl ! Test vectors generation, or in its more scientific name - ATPG (Automatic Test Pattern Generation) is a vast field in HW verification. But I'm not interested in the heavy tools sold by big companies for Ks of $s. I want some resources of self-cooked Perl scripts that do interesting stuff. To borrow ideas...


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