in reply to Re^3: If you believe in Lists in Scalar Context, Clap your Hands
in thread If you believe in Lists in Scalar Context, Clap your Hands
Of course, it would be great if everyone could shed even that level of simplicity...
In a word, "why"? Why would it be great if everyone learned what happens when perl interprets Perl even past that point? Why is that condition so obviously better than allowing people to get work done with a tool without understanding how the tool is built that you feel the need to say, "Of course"?
Isn't the point of having the tool so that the users don't need to think about the lower level while they are using it? Sure, it's beneficial for people who use a tool often for big projects to understand the tool and even to be able to improve the tool. However, most people who use a tool never build or modify the tool itself. This is not true of only software.
Do you drive? Can you adjust the valve timing on your car? Have you hung a picture? Have you ever made a hammer? Did you build your own kitchen cabinets or your own bed? Can you build and repair a refrigerator so that you can keep food cold?
Is the "operators provide context to their operands" pattern of thought really what all programmers are doing when they program in Perl, or is it something perl does for them so they don't have to worry about it?