|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
I know one basic point, namely mandatory indenting, and that single basic point is enough for me to dislike it.
It seems to me like you're taking a idea from another paradigm and using it in your paradigm. See how the shoe fits its intended foot, not some other foot.
I've had similiar discussions with a C programming friend of mine. He so dislikes Perl because you have to type ord to get the ASCII value of a char. He finds it completely silly. The fact that you rarely want to use ord in the typical Perl task doesn't occure to him.
I think he does wrong in judging a feature of Perl like that. I think he should first try to grasp the whole concept of Perl--what it's for, why people like it, and how the pieces fit the Perl puzzle. If he then choose to dislike it I can respect his opinion.
Take any piece of art (not fractals). Zoom in a lot. Can you appreciate its beauty now? Probably not.
I can keep writing analogies all day, but I'll stop now.
Just my thought,