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Re^2: A proposal: new section on Perl Monks.

by Win (Novice)
on Feb 27, 2006 at 16:48 UTC ( #533071=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: A proposal: new section on Perl Monks.
in thread A proposal: new section on Perl Monks.

Maybe those with advanced Perl skills need to step back sometimes and ask themselves 'How easy is this to explain in English'. If this question is not asked then the reputation that Perl has (in some quarters) for being too flexible and lax in structure will get worse. I therefore suggest that the culture change that this proposed section could bring would open up Perl to more programmers and this can only benefit Perl in the long run.
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Re^3: A proposal: new section on Perl Monks.
by blazar (Canon) on Mar 01, 2006 at 10:57 UTC

    If your suggestion is aimed at providing a cure for the reputation Perl has for being "too flexible and lax in structure", then I don't see how a "translation in English" would help. Maybe a translation in a less flexible language would do!

    Sad (?) truth is that some idioms are better explained in English, some other are better explained in Perl.

    It's just the same in other fields as well: in Mathematics we use formulas to express concisely concepts that would be next to unitelligible if we tried to verbosely expand them into plain English. But if we tried to express everything only with formulas, as they do in formal language studies, it would be just as unintelligible: in fact some ideas are better expressed verbosely in a natural language. The analogy is not perfect but I think it gives an idea...

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