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Re^3: The Limitations of the CPAN

by Anonymous Monk
on Nov 18, 2004 at 18:02 UTC ( #408831=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: The Limitations of the CPAN
in thread The Limitations of the CPAN

To dispense with the first three points: the word "PEOPLE" clearly indicates that the 'gripes' are offered in response to participants in this thread, and the overall character thereof, and not to Ovid individually. If the shoe doesn't fit you, then don't try to wear it. No one asked you to put it on.

To dispense with the fourth point: let's just hope the words that may have charmed your socks off, didn't also charm your eyeglasses off. Those charming words are not a sentence, they are a subordinate subclause within a sentence. You may consult item five, subgroup six to see why the comma use is not inconsistent with the time-honored rules of English usage.

Perhaps you could assert that it is a run-on sentence, but such a trifling and dubious complaint would be a mere straw of maladroit verbal discontent, to add to the other such straws in this "pile" of a thread. Fortunately, the pile is meager and withering, and not the least bit likely to break the camel's back.

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Re^4: The Limitations of the CPAN
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Nov 18, 2004 at 19:46 UTC

    I should think Strunk and White would have something to say about your use of "not inconsistent". ;-)


Re^4: The Limitations of the CPAN
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 18, 2004 at 21:42 UTC
    No. That's not a subordinate subclause. First of all "subordinate subclause" makes no sense because we don't have enough here to get all the way to "subclause". Maybe you meant "subordinate clause." But even that is nonsense because there is no subordination here. Those are two independent clauses. Whether they are closely related enough to be connected by a comma is a matter of style. I think this is a weak usage, especially when the all caps aspect is taken into account.

    On topic: Personally I found the article to reflect my own feelings on the topic. Perl, for all that it is an amazing language, simply has more overhead than necessary--especially compared alonside something like Ruby. While it may be more due to improvements in my coding skills, I find my Ruby code is much easier to debug and maintain than my Perl code. That's important. While they are both easy to get up and running, debugging and maintaining code are the lion's share of the work many coders will be doing.

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