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Re: Why we're here

From:
=?iso-8859-1?Q?Jes=FAs?= Quiroga
Date:
July 24, 2000 04:21
Subject:
Re: Why we're here
Message ID:
4.3.2.7.0.20000724122525.00c09330@ix.netcorps.com
At 12:13 24/07/00, you wrote:
>Situation: We like people to use Perl. We like to use Perl. We don't
>want to have to argue over if Perl is an appropiate language when it
>clearly is, but the magazines and word-of-mouth tells that Perl is
>hard and Perl is unmaintainable and whatnot.


Perl is indeed hard and unmaintainable to the eyes of many. That's their
perception, and it's their truth. And no, Perl is not the appropriate
language to them, they are utterly convinced.

They warn their friends against Perl, because they feel it's the right
thing to do. The magazines find out what the readers think and print it:
'Perl is hard. Why? Because all my friends believe it's hard'.

Why is this? Because most potential Perl users are very different
than the UNIX and C programmers Larry wanted to attract when he
designed Perl to be universally useful. They aren't stupid, they
just don't see the benefits.

Perl 6 should provide ammunition to shoot this damaging perception.
Above all, less complexity.












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