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Aristotle Pagaltzis
December 14, 2010 13:49
Re: why distributions are hard (Re: [perl #XXX] [PATCH] __SUB__)
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* Nicholas Clark <> [2010-12-14 21:30]:
> I dispute "critical". Useful, yes. But Perl 5 is already
> a sufficiently functional language that people have built
> half-billion dollar businesses from it. The language is already
> way more than Turing complete. Most everything proposed for
> addition is "nice to have", and there will never be complete
> consensus on what is essential to add, and what is merely nice.

But do not forget epigram 54:

    Beware of the Turing tar-pit in which everything is possible
    but nothing of interest is easy.

Given one of its mottoes I would in fact say Perl was born to be
the antithesis to a Turing tar-pit.

(This is not to say argue with your points. I am just making
a tangential observation that I believe important.)

> I'll add that whilst I've never felt need for this feature, it
> did seem reasonable to add it (as ${^SUB}, not __SUB__), as
> part of the core language. *Did* seem, until it was observed
> that there is still contention on *what* the right behaviour
> is.

Having caught up with the entire thread, the only contention
I’ve seen appears to be over its naming, not its functionality.

(Personally I did not like __SUB__ at first, but have come around
to it. But that is neither here nor there.)

Aristotle Pagaltzis // <>

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