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Re^4: iphone apps using PERL

by JavaFan (Canon)
on Jan 10, 2011 at 22:08 UTC ( #881550=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: iphone apps using PERL
in thread iphone apps using PERL

Considering that the manual page of perl 1 had the "Practical Extraction and Report Language" mentioning, calling it a post-facto expansion is stretching the meaning of "post-facto".

But let's assume newbies actually read the official Perl documentation. What's the first thing one reads? Right. The "DESCRIPTION" section of the main manual page. (You can't get more official than man perl, can you?) And what is the first sentence of the DESCRIPTION section of "man perl"?

DESCRIPTION Perl officially stands for Practical Extraction and Report Lang +uage, except when it doesn't.
It doesn't say when it doesn't stand for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It does say, later on in the same manual page, at the end of the BUGS section:
Perl actually stands for Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister +, but don't tell anyone I said that.
(The I is Larry Wall, according to git-blame). Really, with the main manual page suggesting twice that Perl is an acronym, are you surprised that meme doesn't die? It's official Perl documentation; the first quote was last modified less than a year ago, says what Perl officially stands for; the second quote was made by Larry himself.

And you scold them for not ignoring this, and for not yielding to the perlfaq?

If you want people to not think Perl is an acronym, start lobbying at p5p to get pod/perl.pod changed.

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[davido]: Exactly: SoPW. This isn't going to be solved easily in the CB.
[james28909]: in need "yesterday" and so on, to be absolute like "1" or "31"
[stevieb]: ...and throw some of your existing code into the equation as well, just so readers know you've given a try at it ;)
[james28909]: ok
[stevieb]: davido thanks for the link ;) I was being the typical lazy
[davido]: date parsing is hard. The more examples you can provide of the input (within reason) and expected output, the better.
[stevieb]: agreed. That's why I said at least a half-dozen. If enough of the different formats are present, the date/time folk may not have to request more. If they do, then at least there was a decent base to start with
[stevieb]: I do date and time transformations in both Perl and Python, but not frequently enough to not have to search for the format params etc ;)

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