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Dave Rolsky
May 13, 2003 22:56
Re: That which is better left unsed: Removing language digressions
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On Tue, 13 May 2003, Gurusamy Sarathy wrote:

> >I've come to the conculsion that most of the direct comparisions to
> >other languages in the Perl documentation are not particularly relevent
> >anymore.
> Sounds like you've got some religious axe to grind.  Feel free to
> keep the axe, but stop cutting down the documentation!
> I find the comparisons plenty relevant, and even useful for the
> fast-aging hordes of UNIX sysadms who happen to know sed, awk
> and C, but never managed to find the time to do perl.

They may be useful for some, but I think Michael's point that they don't
belong at the beginning of the document about Perl's syntax is relevant.
References to perltrap should be enough for people coming from a strong
sed/awk/C/Befunge background, but for others, especially people learning
Perl as a first language, or second after PHP/Python/Javascript/VB/etc.,
they are just distracting.

Maybe perlsyn should mention perltrap right away, with something like:

 If you'v got a strong awk and sed background, or you've recently been
 suffering with C, you might want to take a look at L<perltrap> before
 going too much further.  The L<perltrap> tutorial explains some of Perl's
 syntax traps for those who've been subjected to inferi^W other languages.


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