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Re: perl 6

by perrin (Chancellor)
on Mar 13, 2002 at 17:44 UTC ( #151461=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to perl 6

If you want to change that attitude, the best thing you can do is write clean, easy-to-read perl code and show it to people. Many misconceptions about perl come from people seeing some ugly script that a sysadmin hacked up to solve an immediate problem and thinking that perl always has to look that way.


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Re: Re: perl 6
by jlongino (Parson) on Mar 14, 2002 at 16:07 UTC
    Perhaps you're suffering from some misconceptions of your own? I would gladly compare my "hacked up code" to 95% of anyone elses code, particularly from the clean, easy-to-read aspect.

    As summarized elsewhere within this thread, "put downs" in general, originate from envy of some sort.

    --Jim, Sysadmin Extraordinaire

      You're misinterpreting my comment. Most sysadmins that I've worked with know a little perl and tend to write quick scripts to get things done, e.g. find all files like this and change this word in them. These are one-offs, and it's no crime that they aren't that pretty. The trouble is, sometimes these get handed to someone for revisions and maintenance, and the person they get handed to doesn't know much about perl and doesn't realize that perl can be beautiful when necessary. This can lead to misconceptions.

      So, I mention sysadmins because the nature of the job as I've seen it (overworked, trying to fix an emergency, not usually a full-time coder) tends to breed some ugly perl. It wasn't meant to be a slur, and I'm sorry if it sounded like one. I could say the same thing about people learning perl by looking at Matt's Script Archive or some other bad CGI stuff, except that Matt really has no excuse for his code.

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