"=~ is more volatile than eq/ne" is flawed?
Yes. It takes only a one character typo or transposition to screw either up. And once tested, both are proven until something changes. When something changes, both need to be re-tested. Regex may be harder to get right, but once they are tested as correct, they don't suddenly start randomly acting differently. If they matched today, they will match tomorrow, unless something else changes. And when something else changes, it is just as likely to screw up eq as =~.
That is a complete, dispassionate, rational evaluation. It is also incontrovertible.
i am of the belief that your hate of another language...
The language in question I think has done the industry I've loved being a part of for the last 30 years, a considerable disservice.
Java probably has no more bad programmers as a percentage, than any other language, but because they are a) more numerous than most other languages; and b) the consequent high demand for them, means that forces of natural selection that usually weed out the worst, hasn't operated as it normally would; combined with c) the artificial "legitimacy" that somehow arose around it; means that companies around the world have tried to reduce the art of programming--and programmers--to a commodity items.
Instead of employing a number of higher paid, higher skilled programmers and analysts (and project managers), they started trying to throw large numbers of low-paid, less skilled people at projects. Java enables that because it effectively reduces all language development to a single construct: object.action( args );. This is very easy to teach, and so you can push large numbers of people through certification processes very quickly. But along the way it produced a whole generation of programmers that know only one way to everything. They have no exposure to procedural, funtional or any other style of programming than OO. And that's a monoculture. And monocultures are always bad.
The result is that each individual developer, analyst or architect concentrates upon one tiny part of an overall project with no one person having a full overview. And the bloated, discordant, memory and cpu hungry results of that have become manifest.
I like OO. I use OO (when appropriate). I'm even quite good at OO. So your attempts to label me an "OO hater" cut no ice. I'm just sufficiently experienced to know that there are other ways of doing things; and for many problems they are better.
also your hate of one specific person.
It is a matter of personal ethics that I don't "hate" anyone. Much less people I have never met, nor even had a one-on-one conversation with.
Read my sig. I argue the the issues; never the person. But you cannot argue the issues effectively without talking to their main proponents. Trying to take my arguments against a person's stated position; as any kind of emotional attack on that person, is the last refuge of the desperate.
I love the Perl language. And I take issue with anyone I perceive to be advocating the "dumbing down" and commoditasation of Perl. I do so, because I believe that it is detrimental to Perl in the wider context. But I have nothing to gain from my efforts except, perhaps, whatever long term effects my dispassionately logical arguments might have upon individual members of the Perl community. Or not.
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