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Re^2: PERL as shibboleth and the Perl community

by merlyn (Sage)
on Nov 22, 2005 at 23:11 UTC ( #510956=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: PERL as shibboleth and the Perl community
in thread PERL as shibboleth and the Perl community

This is the same reason I have no problem using comma splices
But why use a comma there when a semicolon accomplishes the same effect; it joins two complete sentences together with a slight pause shorter than a period might. And if all you want is a slight pause—for a parenthetical phrase or sentence fragment—the em dash does just nicely, and is not frowned upon.

We have conventions for a reason. We have an agreement on what works for everyone. Inventing your own meanings is great in the privacy of your own cube, but why invent something that already exists?

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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