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It sure is understandable to a native speaker of Perl;

It's Perl. You do have to understand Perl to understand it.

but the fact that this is considered "clear" gives the language a bad name.
  • Does this combine a f b = (b >>=) . (return .) . f =<< a give Haskell a bad name?
  • How about this for Smalltalk?
    | s f | s := Prompter prompt: 'enter line'. f := Bag new. s do: [ :c | c isLetter ifTrue: [f add: c asLowercase] ]. ^f
  • Does this CH3(CH2)50CH3 give chemistry a bad name?
  • Or this y + ?y = (x+ ?x) = m (x + ?x) + c = m x + c + m ?x = y + m?x for mathematics?
  • Or this 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. O-O Bxc3 chess?
  • Or this for physics?
  • Or this for choreography?
  • Or this musicians
  • ...

Why do people expect Perl to look like Java or C and brand it with a '"bad name" when it doesn't?

Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

In reply to Re^3: How can I group lines in a file? by BrowserUk
in thread How can I group lines in a file? by Anonymous Monk

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