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Re^2: I want you to convince me to learn Perl

by pobocks (Chaplain)
on Sep 25, 2013 at 05:47 UTC ( #1055611=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: I want you to convince me to learn Perl
in thread I want you to convince me to learn Perl

I'm also a fan of Perl over Python, and I come to it from literature, so I'm actually even a fan of implicit contexts - but saying that said contexts make Perl less error-prone really doesn't match my experience or anything I've seen. It can make it less verbose for some things once you understand contexts deeply.

Also, given the decisions made in Perl 6 about sigil invariance, it seems pretty clear that the overall drift of the language is away from heavy use of implicit context to determine what code does.
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Re^3: I want you to convince me to learn Perl
by HelenCr (Monk) on Sep 25, 2013 at 14:00 UTC
    pobocks: the Perl internal logic and language consistency are much broader and deeper than just being about implicit context.

    Like I said, when you consider together the Perl referencing/dereferencing system, together with the sigil methodology, the language becomes very powerful, clear, and unambiguous, simultaneously.

    I can bring innumerous examples.


      Please do, then - although I ask that you stick to demonstrating examples where context and sigils reduce the possibility of error, as that is what I was questioning.

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[marto]: more so than the previous show I saw
[Corion]: marto: Well, I think they go a tour every two years and I think it's hard to even get a connection with the crowd at a 20k people concert... But maybe after this time I'll stop too ;)
[Corion]: I still have to see the Pet Shop Boys live before they stop touring at all
[marto]: yeah, I think that as a group creatively they're done. I can understand how it'd be hard to stop the process, album/tour, album/tour, if that's pretty much all you've ever done :)
[marto]: Corion yes I saw them Pandemonium_Tour
[Corion]: marto: Yeah, and I doubt that they'll ever get back to something like Violator/Songs of Faith and Devotion - it would either alienate their "regular" crowd, or be "too much Violator" ;)
LanX needs to see Freddy Mercury'
[Corion]: marto: Yeah, I have that on DVD even, and I missed them last year because I was in London at the time ironically ;)
[marto]: put me in the mood to listen to this now :)
[Corion]: LanX: Well, grab a shovel :)

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