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Thanks to XP champion Cop, I found out a thread started back in 2001 by japhy which is actually in the form of a poll but seems to have never made its way to polls. I'm reposting it here with additions from the various replies given in the original thread, some cosmetic interventions and a pair of suggestions of my own.

Perl Programmers Don't Die...

  • they get DESTROYed
  • their refcount drops to 0
  • they get collected
  • they just refer to something else
  • they just warn
  • if they're in an eval
  • they croak
  • they form a circular self-reference and so continue to exist forever, but become inaccessible
  • they shutdown
  • they are exported
  • if they are blessed
  • if they are damned
  • they reset $self
  • they go out of scope
  • they get undefined
  • they just leave the symbol table
  • they get dumped and hope someone remembers the reverse
  • they accidentally get stringified and can't be restored
  • they're obfuscated and B::Deparse can't handle it
  • someone enables strict and they have to adapt or leave
  • they're locals and you move away
  • they're deprecated for the next release
  • they just fade to Python
  • they just hibernate waiting for Perl 6

In reply to Re: poll ideas quest 2007 by blazar
in thread poll ideas quest 2007 by ysth

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