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"techniques and features that the teacher thinks you need to know about"

Unless we are saying that all those people made that same decision independently were wrong and stupid, otherwise you have just provided very good hint why Perl is dying. It was (notice the past tense I am using) not killed by buzz words, but killed its lack of structure and feature.

In reply to Re^4: Are we a dying breed? by Anonymous Monk
in thread Are we a dying breed? by thaigrrl

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