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Re: How has Perl affected you?by BrowserUk (Pope)
|on Aug 12, 2017 at 21:55 UTC||Need Help??|
I'm nearing the end of my adventure with Perl, my field has taken a turn in direction and Perl hasn't kept up, but it remains my go-to prototyping language and my all-time favourite.
Perl taught me (at least) 3 things:
Perl (5) is pretty much complete. Despite a world that wants to orthogonalize everything, banish special cases, objectify and box everything into a corner, and thus reduce the role of the coder to that of a billion monkeys tapping on typewriters; Perl demonstrates that generality costs: that concentrating effort in those areas that are used -- even at the cost of the loss of orthogonality and generality -- pays dividends over and over.
There is no point in having every operator handle every possible combination of parameters, if 90% of those combinations are never used.
Perl5's design and implementation recognises that simple fact and expends the effort where it is most effective. And much -- most, if not all -- of that is down to the pragmatism over vision of the original designer. L.Wall, I salute you!
(Just a shame you got side tracked.)
With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". The enemy of (IT) success is complexity.
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice. Suck that fhit