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Re: Seeker Of Perl Sympathy

by nothingmuch (Priest)
on Jan 09, 2005 at 07:01 UTC ( #420643=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Seeker Of Perl Sympathy

I was a big fan of spiderman, and recently merlyn mentioned this too...

<cite>With great power comes great responsibility</cite>

IMHO perl programmers are divided into two categories. Those who are lazy in the short term, for various reasons (true bad laziness, incompetence, short sightedness or inexperience), and those who are lazy in the long term.

Perl's power is a beast when misused, and though it helps you get the job done, usually rather easiliy, although often not clearly, when you need to. Those who misuse this this power tend to produce horrible code, and this is the code which tarnished perl's reputation..

This goes all the way back to the fact that strictness is optional...

Compare this with python or java, where you can't be as lax or forgiving to bad practices... There the newbie is much less likely to produce attrocities (although it can happen).

At the bottom line perl looks much scarier to those who cannot fathom it's powers, and handle it's weaknesses.

I believe that's all there is to say.

zz zZ Z Z #!perl
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Re^2: Seeker Of Perl Sympathy
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Jan 12, 2005 at 14:13 UTC

    And newbies still produce atrocities in Java and in VB and all the other languages that try to prevent them from it. Because whether or not the syntax is unreadable, pretzel logic remains pretzel logic. Follow The Daily WTF for plenty of examples.

    All I have to say is that it's a poor craftsman who blames his tools.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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