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I think that it is “not quite fair,” shall we very-agreeably say, to criticize a language for not being what it isn’t, when what it is is so darned important for so many people.   When a language has been around for as long as Perl has, 100% compatibility with existing code-bases frankly becomes more important than most other considerations.   This is what pays the freight.   The true “warts” of a language, I think, fall out of favor on their own stink.

Now, in the course of a work-week I do find myself shifting between languages like shifting between hats.   But Perl remains for me a known quantity:   it is a beefy power-tool that won’t let me down.   It is very hard to earn a positive reputation if you are a programming language ... let alone keep it for however-many years running.   The many teams who have worked on Perl (and who have built notable CPAN packages) richly deserve full acknowledgment for their masterpiece.   Warts and all.

And I am sure that I will one day say the same thing about Perl-6 ... warts and all.


In reply to Re^2: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?! by sundialsvc4
in thread Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?! by lblake

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