A short while ago I read a curious blog post titled "Data munging in Perl 6 vs Perl 5". I liked how each individual Perl 6 code snippet for each data manipulation looked. I understood that the purpose of the exercise was to highlight this particular part of the language. And yet, in the end I couldn't shake off the thought that this was not the right way to solve the kind of problems of which the toy problem at hand was an example. I have come to suspect that complex dictionary manipulation is mostly an antipattern that appears in scripts as they evolve into complex programs over time.Continue reading.