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Re: If you believe in Lists in Scalar Context, Clap your Hands

by TimToady (Parson)
on Oct 23, 2008 at 22:56 UTC ( #719188=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to If you believe in Lists in Scalar Context, Clap your Hands

What a confusing language! We really should fix it some millennium or other--preferably this one. So if you happen to invent a time machine (or even if one just appears on your doorstep from the future), please let me know, because some of us are planning to go back to the year 2000 and perform a brain transplant on Larry so he starts thinking straighter. :)


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by shmem (Canon) on Oct 24, 2008 at 00:24 UTC
    perform a brain transplant on Larry

    Bad idea. Very bad idea. The transplant might not well resonate with what is Larry, and Larry might start inventing really weird stuff: not only unreasonable, but unresonating, i.e. cacophonic as well. *shudder*

    Keep that one, Larry, at all times. Please. We love you nonwithstanding, and the language is fine that way.

      Keep that one, Larry, at all times. Please. We love you nonwithstanding, and the language is fine that way.

      I personally believe I'll second that, sh-meme, all the way, all the time: incidentally, in Italian we use the word "tempo" both for "time" and "weather" so speaking of resonating thingies, I for one would (half-heartedly) prefer the efforts gone into the creation of a time machine to be spent for the creation of a weather one, that would give us a wonderful sunshine as the basis for a reggae-like positive vibration which in turn would allow us to dance all time with a glaring smile on our faces! But if a time machine were actually to exist too, I admit it would be exciting: however I stress the "too" because it would not be bad to have it along with that other machine, and then I'd go back in some historic period in which men were so busy hurting each other and I'd try to give them the sunshine, and the positive vibe, and... Perl of course! And seriously... well, sort of seriously: the best year to go back to would be 1956 rather than 2000. And once there, the language which would be to seriously undergo a redesign is FORTRAN which is fine per se: but taking into account its heritage, just think how present would be if it were more perlish to start with!

      If you think that the above is pure madness... well, then you're right. However one thing to notice is that while there do exist programming languages (and I thought I had "collected" more, but now I can't find them offhand on my delicious) aimed at real time artistic creation, which I think is the reason why all this is in topic here... and even I'm sure to have stumbled upon a Python extension in that realm too... nothing similar seems to exist for Perl, which saddens me since I believe its higher expressive power would be incredibly well suited for such tasks too!

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