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Re: RFC: lexical variables made default

Piers Cawley
August 4, 2000 01:44
Re: RFC: lexical variables made default
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Damian Conway <> writes:

>    > > Perl's similarity to English is one of the things that makes it Fun.
>    > 
>    > OTOH, being fun (which I admit it is) is one of the reasons many
>    > people don't want to think Perl is a serious language.
>    > 
>    > Not saying we should eliminate all the fun; but keeping something
>    > on the merit of it's being fun is probably at odds with the goal
>    > of make Perl more widely acceptable.
> Someone want to RFC a "fun" pragma:
>    #! /usr/local/bin/perl -w
>    no fun;	# for you!
> Actually, Tim Maher and I were discussing something not entirely dissimilar
> for the purpose of teaching:
> 	use Training::Wheels;
> or:
> 	no Weird::Stuff;
> Hmmmmm. I feel a paper coming on...

I always like to say that one of the cute things about perl is that it
lets you program in a bondage and discipline style if that's what you
want. However, unlike any other B&D language that springs to mind,
perl lets you have safewords. 

Or should that be an unsafeword?

Personally I welcome the addition of more bondage and discipline to
the language, but *only* if the safeword principle is adhered to too.

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