in reply to COBOL vs. Perl

reminds me of the first time i encountered a VHLL (very high level language) it was my first or second year of CS at school, and we had to program a version of the sieve of erosthenes (sp?) in C and in ASM so we could see the speed difference. my professor, a big fan of VHLL's said: "that's a waste of programmer time!" and in 1 line of a language called ISET-L wrote a sieve of erosthenes program. 20 seconds. that's when i began to learn what a good programming language can do for you... and now, i love perl... the swiss army chainsaw of VHLL's :)