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Re: Innovation, the seed of a living language

by phaylon (Curate)
on Apr 13, 2007 at 17:03 UTC ( #609977=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Innovation, the seed of a living language

The existance of all these wonderful modules of code, which make life so easy in perl seem to be stifling innovation and the acceptance of new ideas. Without new ideas there is only stagnation. Now it really doesnt matter if my idea is good or not, the simple fact of the matter was that the prevailing attitude I got was one of pomposity, "if it aint already in cpan its not good for anything" type of arguements.

I very, very disagree. My experience is even exactly the opposite. For example, when I released namespace-clean I got various comments. Besides those that told me that my code can't work, despite its working test-suite (which was a very amusing experience, and in no way insulting), most comments were constructive and technically. No one really said "You shouldn't release that. We don't need that." Also, there are many current developments in Perl. Moose, Catalyst, Plagger and others are only some examples. Heck, Catalyst even has projects that build upon its foundation itself!

Now I'm not having a go so don't take me wrong. All I'm saying is that there is always room for improvement, always room for a new idea to come out of the blue and shake the whole room up.

That happens pretty often in the Perl world. The Perl community itself didn't jump into existance last year. Perl 5 is over 10 years old. And the reason that Perl is always developing and constantly evolving is that the developers care to use the knowledge provided by the community, and the invented wheels and experiences on CPAN.

I'm sorry if that offends anyones sensibilites, but seriously, software never has and never will stand still. If you try to, you will soon become obsolete.

This has nothing to do with the issue. And besides, with all due respect, it rather seems that you are the one being offended, not us.


Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley


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