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Re: Running a Perl Quiz Night

by pemungkah (Priest)
on Apr 27, 2007 at 07:04 UTC ( #612323=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Running a Perl Quiz Night

I hadn't heard that Djikstra quote before, but it was obvious that it was him. Man, talk about somebody who wanted to suck all the fun out of computer science.

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Re^2: Running a Perl Quiz Night
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor) on Apr 27, 2007 at 08:57 UTC

    The quote was taken from The Humble Programmer (ACM Turing Lecture 1972). I found it amusing because he seemed to be describing Perl golf sixteen years before Perl was invented. :-)

    Though Dijkstra didn't explicitly name the language in question, I assume he was referring to APL. As indicated in this vent against almost every programming language of the day, Dijkstra wasn't too fond of APL, describing it as "a mistake, carried through to perfection". I don't know what he thought of Perl nor am I aware of any Dijkstra Perl quotes.

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