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Re: What is PerlMonks? (why Perl)

by tye (Cardinal)
on Jul 27, 2009 at 20:34 UTC ( #783659=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What is PerlMonks? (Re^3: Belittling Beginners)
in thread Belittling Beginners

It's possible that Larry Wall's greatest achievement was in creating a language that for some unknown reason encouraged communities to form up around it in ways that other languages can only be envious of.

I was thinking about that a while ago. Imagine going to a site like PerlMonks but for Java or C. Programming in Perl creates communities because talking about programming in Perl is interesting. A newbie question in Perl can easily lead to deep discussions about trade-offs of different ways of doing something basic. Try to imagine an interesting discussion centering around "How do I loop over two arrays at the same time?" in C.

Perl programming isn't just about "get it done" or even the usual questions of CPU- and memory-efficiency. The language encourages thinking about things like "how clearly does this express my intention?". The depth of the language gives just about everybody room for continued discovery. And the quirkiness of the languages gives us lots of "gotchas" (small and large) to bat around. The language isn't even "finished" so we get to talk about changes to it, both evolutionary and revolutionary.

Most languages are like stackoverflow: I have a question, I want the best answer. Perl is like PerlMonks: I have a doubt, I want to read an interesting discussion about it that is likely to go on a tangent. q-:

- tye        


Comment on Re: What is PerlMonks? (why Perl)
Re^2: What is PerlMonks? (why Perl)
by parv (Priest) on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:15 UTC

    Not having an explicit (Perl 5) language specification certainly does help unlike C, C++, Java, etc.

Re^2: What is PerlMonks? (why Perl)
by toro (Beadle) on Jun 14, 2011 at 21:57 UTC
    StackOverflow regresses to the mean (of programmer attitudes). I wonder if Perl In The Nineties had a more typically haughty culture.

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