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From:
Simon Cozens
Date:
July 31, 2000 20:58
Subject:
Re: perl 6 requirements
Message ID:
20000801125829.B25477@justanother.perlhacker.org
On Mon, Jul 31, 2000 at 09:50:11PM -0600, Nathan Torkington wrote:
> We're brainstorming, and one of the key elements in brainstorming is
> that judgement be delayed.  If you get too caught up in "that's a
> lousy idea!" and so on, then you either scare off people with good
> ideas but no confidence, and/or you waste far too much time going back
> with "it's bad!" "no it's not!" "yes it is!".

Well, true. But you can get away with "That's a lousy idea BECAUSE $thing,
could you make it so that $thing2?" (Gee, maybe I really shouldn't be involved
in Perl 6 if that's how my variable names look. :)

> Heh, that scared me too.  I asked Tom about it, and he said
> (paraphrasing) that the forces of academic language design ("let's
> make Perl another C++!") think it's open season on Perl, to the point
> of turning it into a monster.

Perl is currently a happy monster. It's what happens if you throw all
the Unix utilities in a blender. I don't want it to turn into a *boring*
monster.

> Make sense?

Magic, thanks!

-- 
And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing
what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail.  No exceptions.
		-- David Jones

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