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Re: Thoughts on maintaining perl

Dan Sugalski
May 26, 2000 08:23
Re: Thoughts on maintaining perl
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At 08:21 AM 5/26/00 +0100, Matt Sergeant wrote:
>On Thu, 25 May 2000, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
> > 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?
>The graduation from HTML monkey to CGI expert.

Poor instruction in the language. A friend of mine took a beginning CGI 
class at her university. The things she was getting taught were downright 
appalling, both from a perl perspective and a CGI perspective (If she 
wasn't in Montana I'dve driven out and smacked her instructor with a 

Part of the problem may be that you can survive and program in perl while 
still possessing a pathetic and possibly wildly wrong knowledge of the 
language (Purl Gurl, anyone?). In C, if you get it wrong it doesn't work. 
In perl, it still does, sorta.


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