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Re: Why we're here

Adam Turoff
July 24, 2000 12:56
Re: Why we're here
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On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 01:57:52PM +0000, Simon Cozens wrote:
> Because Perl is about programmers. Programmers have been Perl's number
> one priority. There's no number two priority. 

Yes, but what is a 'programmer' these days?

> 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.

Perl isn't morphing into a Java clone because Java sells.  We tried
New Coke, and it sucked.  This is not New Perl.

But the underlying foundations with which Perl defines itself are
changing.  If Perl is a great text hacking language, then it needs
to be a great XML hacking language because that's becoming a very
popular form of text.  Ditto Unicode.  If Perl is a great glue
language, then it needs better CORBA support to glue together
KDE and Gnome apps.  And so on.

If programmers are our number one priority, we need to revisit our 
model of a Perl programmer to more deeply incorporate the growing
number of casual CGI hackers alongside the professional Perl golfers.

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