I don't have a whole lot of occaision to use Perl. Recently I did, and I ran into some questions that I asked on this website. I wrote up the background of my problem, asked some questions, and got some good answers and interesting comments, including the following:
"Sock Puppett Alert: For someone who just 'showed up', your language hints that you have been here for a long long time."
Gee, I guess when I asked my question I sounded like I knew alot more about Perl than I was letting on? I replied that I'd never been on this website before, and don't use Perl alot.
The above comment bothered me, more than I would expect it to, and it's only recently that I've been able to articulate to myself why. Not to blow my own horn overmuch, but I think that the 'Amonymous Monk' who posted that comment was reacting to the generally well-written and at-least-sort-of-intelligent sounding/reading nature of the questions that I posed. And she/he was making the asumption that any person that intelligent could not be as ignorant about the Perl Programming Language as I was professing to be.
Everyone says that there is no such thing as the Reniassance Man anymore, and I agree with them. There is just too much knowledge in too many diverse fields, one cannot hope to know everything that there is to be known. A logical consequence of this, and one that is important for the aforementioned Anonymous Monk (and all the rest of us) to understand, is that one can be very intelligent, brilliant even, and simultaneously not know a blessed thing about the Perl Programming Language. In fact, given that there is no much to know in so many different fields, the smartest people in the world (whoever they may be) probably make *all* us Perl Programmmers look stupid.
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