|P is for Practical|
Perl as Cr*p?by Ovid (Cardinal)
|on Jun 16, 2001 at 01:46 UTC||Need Help??|
So there I was, dancing up a storm at a local nightclub (Goth/Industrial night!), when my date struck up a conversation with a guy. Apparently, he's finishing his Master's degree in computer science. We chatted a bit about what we do and don't like about the computer world. Apparently, despite being an open-source fanatic (unlike me), he doesn't like Perl. His experience has been that much of the Perl code that he runs across is horrible and he's sick of maintaining it.
The list of bad programming practices goes on and on. So why does Perl get a bad rep? I think there are a variety of reasons, but that's not really the point of this node. What I want to know is, do others find that Perl programmers have poorer skills than others? I have heard this several times, but usually it's from those who don't know Perl well. Of course, maybe most programmers don't know Perl well, so that may be unfair.
If we do have masses of programmers who are 'worse than average', we're our own worst enemy. If we're not really that bad, why the misperception? My hunch is that we might be as bad as they say. Most of the Perl code that I find available is of very poor quality :(
Oh, and I pulled a muscle dancing. Ouch.
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