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Re: Why can't life be more like Perl?

by Elgon (Curate)
on Nov 18, 2001 at 02:49 UTC ( #126050=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Why can't life be more like Perl?


Harsh luck on the job.

I used to code in VB mainly for an AS-level (British public exam) project: It did actually make some sense to me believe it or not. This was mainly because I learned how to program in BASIC anyway, so certain ways of doing things tend to make more sense to me than others - don't worry I'm growing out of this. For example it took me ages to get used to such constructs as

while (chomp <stdin>){ #foo #bar #wurble}
even though this isn't terribly hard: The while loop was a bit of a mystery to me for a while it has to be said. Anyway, this tends to tell me that any ideas of coding tend to be a bit more relative than some of us would like to admit: There are lots of ways to do things, some of which appear totally stupid - and here's the key - but only if you've never been exposed to the alternatives. My code often appears horrendously procedural and nonidiomatic, although less so more and more, simply because I have acquired more of the style of the language over time.

Anyway, just my two cents. I still quite like programming in VB now and then, mainly because it's like talking in baby language again.

"A nerd is someone who knows the difference between a compiled and an interpreted language, whereas a geek is a person who can explain it cogently over a couple of beers"
       - Elgon

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