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=?iso-8859-1?Q?Jes=FAs?= Quiroga
Date:
July 24, 2000 08:33
Subject:
Re: Why we're here
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4.3.2.7.0.20000724162424.00bf5a30@ix.netcorps.com
At 15:57 24/07/00, you wrote:
>Jesús Quiroga (lists.bootstrap):
> >We are about to change the language, in fact :-) Why not introduce some
> >changes to help the marketing strategy that Perl should have in order to
> >grow?
>
>Because Perl is about programmers. Programmers have been Perl's number
>one priority. There's no number two priority. It's about working the way
>programmers do. Programmers aren't always easy to work with, so why
>should Perl be? The day Perl starts being about what sells is the day
>Perl dies.


You are completely right. In fact, we agree. Perl is for programmers.
That's the number one priority. I program with Perl, so how could I
disagree? I wouldn't want to use a watered-down Perl.

Now, the only thing I meant is that nowadays many programmers program
with other languages, having refrained themselves from using Perl for
one reason or another. Being Perl the best language around, why not
attract them to Perl? Yes, even tweaking bits of the language to
entice them (without ever alienating any existing Perl programmers,
of course, I know the rule).

They are programmers too. Therefore they are covered by the first
priority. The problem is that they don't think/feel/see/know that they
need Perl. I think it's worthwhile to rewrite Perl for them too,
reconciling their needs/wants/preferences with ours.

It is too early to talk about most of the concrete measures to achieve
that.









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