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Re: People who write perl, Perl and PERL

by xorl (Deacon)
on Nov 21, 2005 at 21:43 UTC ( #510569=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to People who write perl, Perl and PERL

Can someone tell be the difference between perl, Perl, and PERL?? I've been using perl for close to 10 years now, written some really awesome applications, and haven't the slightest clue.

The OP really demonstrates why first impressions and assumptions should never be used to make a final decision or judgement.


Comment on Re: People who write perl, Perl and PERL
Re^2: People who write perl, Perl and PERL
by cog (Parson) on Nov 21, 2005 at 22:04 UTC
    Sorry :-)

    perl is the compiler.

    Perl is the language.

    PERL is nothing (at least nothing in Perl context).

Re^2: People who write perl, Perl and PERL
by merlyn (Sage) on Nov 21, 2005 at 22:44 UTC
    I've been using perl for close to 10 years now, written some really awesome applications, and haven't the slightest clue.
    Have you really been using Perl for ten years without ever browsing the FAQ? I'd consider that a bit irresponsible.

    After all, this is a FAQ.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
    Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

      I wouldn't be too hard on him. There are many books that still use 'PERL'. Most college students who have heard of Perl would likely spell it as PERL, probably due to their professor's brief introduction of Perl as an acronym.

      Nope never looked at it. Don't see why I'd waste time on that. FAQ's rarely have answers to complex questions like "How do I add this feature to my script without breaking everything else?" They're usually much more basic and useless. Best to just start writting code and see if it works.

      I was giving a long script and told to add some functionality to it the deadline was a week away. That was my first intro to perl. About a year maybe two later, I finally saw the Camel book. I skimmed it, but didn't find anything that could be useful to the project I was working on at the time.

      I'm not sure exactly when I found cpan, but it was shortly before I saw the Camel book. Most everything I ever needed was in CPAN. I found PM just a few years ago. With CPAN, google, and PM, the FAQ will be nothing but useless trivia. There is no need to learn more than what is necessary to accomplish your job.

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