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(Ovid - Why are you doing this?)

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Nov 24, 2000 at 23:31 UTC ( #43260=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming

And this is relevant how?

Whether or not you believe that Perl is consistent, my response is "so what?" Find me a perfect language. All languages evolve and Perl is one of them. Now if you said "Perl has some problems and Larry Wall and co. are never going to deal with them", then I might have sat up and taken notice. Then I would have asked myself "do these problems have an impact on Perl's usefulness?"

Perl is the richest language that I have used, but I acknowledge that there are areas in the language that can use some improvement. Again I ask, so what? Perl 6, as you may be aware, is being worked on as we speak.

Some comments:

  • Did you post this in "Seekers" or did some one move it here? You didn't ask a question and this is more appropriate for Meditations.
  • Do you go around trying to dissect other languages like this, or have you singled out Perl for your displeasure? You have made so many posts critical of the language that if one of your cries of "Wolf!" turns out to be true...
  • Why do you bother with Perl? You truly seem to be unhappy with the language and are intent upon spreading your displeasure.
princepawn: would you go to a church service, stand up and ask everyone about the inconsistencies in the Bible? Would you sign up for a poultry cooking class and spend every session criticizing people for eating meat? There is a time and a place to be so heavily critical of something, but coming to a place dedicated to it is not one of them. No one here mind an occasional discussion of problems with Perl, but a full-scale assault on the language is another thing. I'm sure you don't view it that way, but I can't help but wonder what you hope to accomplish by this.

Cheers,
Ovid

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