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Re^6: The Most Essential Perl Development Tools Today

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 03, 2013 at 07:29 UTC ( #1011403=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^5: The Most Essential Perl Development Tools Today
in thread The Most Essential Perl Development Tools Today

Some of us do not consider sliced bread to be so great. Does that change your perspective?

Sure, for some reason I thought you were all about clear communication :)

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Re^7: The Most Essential Perl Development Tools Today
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jan 03, 2013 at 08:26 UTC
    for some reason I thought you were all about clear communication

    I do try :)

    Some like sliced bread. others not; some like stinky cheese, other not.

    But these are just opinions and opinions are never right, nor wrong. They simply are.

    If I hold an opinion, you can never say my opinion is wrong. You can disagree with that opinion; but as my opinion, it can never be wrong. Nor right.

    And if you take everyones opinions; their own personal bÍte noires, pet hates and blind spots, and then codify them into a tool; you set up the situation where the language will simply stagnate into a soulless, innovation quashing, piecemeal reproduction of 1960's algol-style coding.

    And the stance that "you can configure it" does stand up because if everyone configures it differently; what has been achieved?

    Eventually -- and it has already happened in some quarters -- someone will settle on having a fixed configuration that "everyone" must abide by. But since getting "everyone", or even half a dozen significant someones, to agree upon a single configuration is impossible; "management" will decide. And since in many, even most cases, management is not equipped to understand the arguments -- heck, a lot of them go right over my head -- they will make the simplest decision. The out-of-the-box configuration will become "the standard". And no-one in the know would ever agree to that; so you end up with everyone quietly ignoring/disabling all the things they don't like, and you are back to square one. A totally shambolic waste of time and effort.

    The crux of the point I'm making is that of P::C doesn't detect errors; it simply codifies opinions. But opinions differ!

    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

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