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Re: Re: Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language

by Anonymous Monk
on Aug 05, 2002 at 08:24 UTC ( #187605=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language
in thread Learning Perl as a First (programming) language

I know this is off-topic, but.. I have always wondered about why we're not allowed to say PERL. After all, Perl stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language? So why not PERL?
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Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:30 UTC
    The name "Perl" is older than the joke "Practical Extraction and Report Language". It's a "backcronym".

    Abigail

      I think you mean "backronym" unless you have a Perl program that a cron job runs whos purpose is to determine back formations. I wonder if the military uses such things? backronym n. portmanteau of back + acronym A word interpreted as an acronym that was not originally so intended. This is a special case of what linguists call `back formation'. Examples are given under BASIC, recursive acronym (Cygnus), Acme, and mung. Discovering backronyms is a common form of wordplay among hackers.
Re(4): Learning Perl as a First (programming) language
by rattusillegitimus (Friar) on Aug 05, 2002 at 15:20 UTC
    <quote movie="Highlander"> It's tradition. No one will violate that rule. </quote>

    Sorry, couldn't help myself...

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[stevieb]: james28909: what's the problem/question?
[james28909]: it is not an absolute date like "27" or "31". sometimes it is like wednesday or friday
[james28909]: and i need to format those special instances into an absolute date instead of "yesterday"
[stevieb]: ask a question on SoPW, and include at least a half-dozen examples of the input, and at least one example of expected output
[davido]: Exactly: SoPW. This isn't going to be solved easily in the CB.
[james28909]: in need "yesterday" and so on, to be absolute like "1" or "31"
[stevieb]: ...and throw some of your existing code into the equation as well, just so readers know you've given a try at it ;)
[james28909]: ok
[stevieb]: davido thanks for the link ;) I was being the typical lazy
[davido]: date parsing is hard. The more examples you can provide of the input (within reason) and expected output, the better.

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