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What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
Who said Perl needs to have more excitement than it already has? I think we can dispense with programmers who flock to a language because it is exiting, because what is exiting today will be old hat tomorrow.
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James