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The social network MOVIE!

by Monk_perl
on Mar 08, 2013 at 14:57 UTC ( #1022441=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
Monk_perl has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

In the Movie- The Social Network(2010)- Mark Zuckerberg used & modified Perl scripts, which ones, and give some explanation about them?

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Re: The social network MOVIE!
by davido (Archbishop) on Mar 08, 2013 at 15:10 UTC

    The Star Trek character Data supposedly seeks an elusive emotion chip. Just because there is mention of an emotion chip in a few Star Trek episodes doesn't mean that the Star Trek props department actually developed one.

    Just because Social Network mentions Perl scripts doesn't mean that the Social Network's producers actually hired Perl developers to write any. The movie Social Network is a fictionalized account of a real individual, and a real company. It's probable that the actual Zuckerberg used some Perl here and there, but unlikely that the real-life story line injected Perl scripts at the same point in history and for the same purposes as the fictionalized mentions and fictionalized uses of Perl.

    It doesn't make sense to speculate as to the actual purpose and nature of Perl scripts that are fictional.


    Dave

      Thanks for explanation!

        I'm glad that we could be of help in dispelling the misunderstanding that the silver screen is used to depict reality.


        Dave

Re: The social network MOVIE!
by LanX (Canon) on Mar 08, 2013 at 17:20 UTC
    Just /msg his monastery account and ask!

    Cheers Rolf

Re: The social network MOVIE!
by CountZero (Bishop) on Mar 09, 2013 at 12:56 UTC
    Don't believe everything you see on the silver screen.

    If I remember well, in one of the Matrix movies, some of the code that scrolled over the screen was COBOL. Probably the least likely language to run a world-spanning multi-user first person simulation with.

    CountZero

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      If I remember well, in one of the Matrix movies, some of the code that scrolled over the screen was COBOL. Probably the least likely language to run a world-spanning multi-user first person simulation with.

      logic dictates it just looked like cobol :) and if it was genuine COBOL, thinking machines could make it likely :p

      Thanks for that Quote, its so inspiring and Your Blog is very well designed and everything's so perfect, Great work!

Re: The social network MOVIE!
by karlgoethebier (Curate) on Mar 16, 2013 at 14:02 UTC

    Sorry, too late but this is nothing but the truth about this story, as i've been told by Michael H. Kenyon.

    The original code was:

    #!/usr/bin/perl use CGI qw/:standard/; print header, start_html('We are only in it for the money'), h1('hello + world'), end_html;

    A little later someone unknown changed this snippet to h1('Like').

    Mark then had the idea to turn the headline into a hyperlink pointing to somewhere.

    Then the code was converted to PHP™ and then to C++™ by some unknown genius from India.

    As easily can be seen Perl™ once again was the root of all eval.

    Update: And it's guaranteed that this post is written in pure Denglisch™.

    I hope this helps and best regards, Karl

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

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