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Elaine -HFB- Ashton
May 25, 2000 15:16
Re: Thoughts on maintaining perl
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Tom Christiansen [] quoth:
*>more conceptual blindspots.  It's like knowing how to boil but not
*>fry.  Programming is not a skill one develops in five easy lessons.

Indeed. But, what is it about Perl that attracts the sort of mythology it
has? Splitting the hairs of reality aside, the perception of people who
either haven't used it or have only dabbled is that it's bloated,
inefficient, hard to learn, obfuscated, hard to maintain, etc. 

A rather bright engineer here recently commented that "Perl is not for
production code, period." and he has never actually used the language. How
can you defend Perl to someone who is in a policy making position, is
stubborn and has this perception of Perl he has picked up from the
net, colleagues, etc.? You can't. I'm using more shell and awk than I have
in years these days.


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