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Re: Thoughts on maintaining perl

Chip Salzenberg
May 29, 2000 20:00
Re: Thoughts on maintaining perl
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According to Elaine Ashton:
> A rather bright engineer here recently commented that "Perl is not for
> production code, period." and he has never actually used the language.

I think most of those misconceptions are correlation/causality errors:
   "We had problems with a Perl program in production"
which correlates Perl with problems, becomes:
   "If we use Perl in production again, we'll have more problems"
which is a (false) assumption of a causal relationship.

C++ suffers the same reputation problem, for much the same reasons.

Also consider that pre-ISO C++ is far inferior to modern C++.
Likewise, Perl 4 is far inferior to Perl 5.6.  But once opinions are
formed, it's hard to get people to take the time to reevaluate them.
Chip Salzenberg              - a.k.a. -              <>
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