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Re: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex

by Anonymous Monk
on Jul 25, 2006 at 19:41 UTC ( #563618=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex

Finally a place for people to weigh in where the parent node isn't a Diggthink-powered troll.

I use perl because
* it's on every *N*X server I encounter and I never have to install it
* I can use it for just about everything
* the might of clean code is insignificant compared to the power of a stream of oneliners

Given these three, even if there were no CPAN I would use perl. By way of analogy the trolls are saying I should throw away my dependable Swiss Army knife and learn how to use the new deluxe canopener that just came out instead. It bears mentioning that drivel like this never saw the light of day back when perl5 was released. We said things like "I like sed better than perl because I know it so well". We never said "perl is teh suxors, use C" and we killfiled anyone who did. We didn't have time for meaningless noise because we were too busy building the Internet with perl, all because we had a dream that someday moronic youngsters would be able to send each other into fits of apoplexic rage by insulting each others technology from a thousand miles away.


Comment on Re: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
Re^2: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 25, 2006 at 21:38 UTC
    If you have a church I want to join!! Hallelujah brother!
Re^2: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 26, 2006 at 22:06 UTC
    The internet wasn't built on perl. The biggest problem I have with perl is this idea that no other language should exist. In this thread alone, how many people have indicated that "after Perl 6 comes out and we get some GUI environments for it, etc. then no one will want to use any other languages". You don't see this in any of the other comunities, why is it seemingly the dominant voice in Perl land? It was this attitude expressed daily from a college for over 5 years that has driven me away from Perl forever.

      Personally, I wouldn't know what is said in other communities, because I find everything I need with Perl and PM. If you've been "driven ... away from Perl forever", what are you doing here? Apparently you still have some feelings for the language or its users - some attraction.

      I am often puzzled by how many people come here to explain how Perl isn't worth anything, it's a useless, stupid language, blah, blah, blah - and yet, they return here daily to tell us all about it. Don't you have any programs to write?

        I was doing a search for some implimentation options for one of the several better designed languages I currently use and a saw a rediculous statement. When I saw it I imediately thought "that sounds like one of those perl nazi's". I followed the link and it brought me here.

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