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Re: I think Perl ruined me as a programmer

by ajt (Prior)
on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:28 UTC ( #648222=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to I think Perl ruined me as a programmer

I'd have to agree, C64 V2 Basic, then Turbo BASIC/Pascal, and finally Perl. Now I program for a living in SAP's ABAP (think COBOL + SQL) and it drives me mad at the number of things that are built into Perl and are easy to do and are hard in ABAP. Don't even mention CPAN, SAP has nothing even comparable, everything has to be written or bought in...

Once you get use to a language like Perl, it is hard to go back to a less programmer friendly one.


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Re^2: I think Perl ruined me as a programmer
by wolfger (Deacon) on Nov 01, 2007 at 18:42 UTC
    C64 V2 Basic, then Turbo BASIC/Pascal, and finally Perl.

    That's almost exactly my learning path as well. Was there something in particular about C64 BASIC that prepped our minds for Perl?

    And yes, I also feel ruined by this wonderful language. I love getting an opportunity to hack together a perl script, large or small, to solve a problem. I loathe being forced to code in a more restrictive language, where "Hello World" is more than one line of code...

      I think it was the $ symbol :)

      How can you feel when you're made of steel? I am made of steel. I am the Robot Tourist.
      Robot Tourist, by Ten Benson

        Hah that's a thought that's occurred to me more than once, except we're talking Acorn BBC BASIC, but I quibble...

        Those $ symbols were looking for a way back into my life and now they won't let go...

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[Corion]: Meh, first round of escalations for me not wanting to fix in production what a project has mismanaged. Now another project, which eats up all the resources until end of this year wants to take that task and put it on my list of things as well.
[Corion]: So now there will be the fun of me explaining to the project that $other_project had low priority because $project has high priority. If $project picks up the task from $other_project, they also will need to reprioritize my tasks to get that done...
[Corion]: ... of course at the cost of something else on my list of tasks for $project, as there only is a finite amount of days until $deadline.

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