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Re^3: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Feb 11, 2005 at 16:41 UTC ( #430168=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture
in thread Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture

"Perl" is not an acronym. The name came first, and some people put on some acronym-ish words onto it later (in other words, a "backronym", much the same way some people call LISP "Lots of Irritating, Silly Parens"). But in reality, it's just "Perl", no acronym.

The name is mostly a way of identifying who is "in the know" and not. People who use "Perl" and "perl" correctly can be identified as having some basic level of community knowledge. It's much the same as the fact that there is a trick to post to the alt.hackers newsgroup. This is a historically common way of seperating the chaff on the Internet.

"There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.

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Re^4: Taking advantage of multi-processor architecture
by gregor42 (Parson) on Feb 11, 2005 at 21:46 UTC
    The name is mostly a way of identifying who is "in the know" and not. People who use "Perl" and "perl" correctly can be identified as having some basic level of community knowledge.

    Well that's all well & good if you subscribe to an elitist philosophy. I see it more as a ritualistic hazing that perpetuates in the monastery. It's a joke that never gets old, like when you go skiing & people on the chairlift clack their skis together to drop snow on the heads of people below them. I've fallen victem to this one myself; And that was after years of professionally developing Perl applications. It begs the question, if a 'back-ronym' is widely known & accepted, then does it replace the original word? And if so, does that make writing "PERL" ok? The generally accepted response is "no".

    But the reality is that this is one of those pieces of misinformation that have gotten propagated early on in Perl's history, made it's way into poorly researched FAQ's & books, and has been passed on as folklore. As such it has become one of the most repeated criticisms in the history of the site. And while in frequency it wouldn't hold a candle to "use strict" neither does it hold nearly as much merit.



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