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Re^5: Perl oddities ("if" w/o parens)

by Tanktalus (Canon)
on Mar 02, 2005 at 00:30 UTC ( #435665=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Perl oddities ("if" w/o parens)
in thread Perl oddities

"jarring". That one word pretty much summed up my rambling. Thanks!

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Re^6: Perl oddities ("if" w/o parens)
by TimToady (Parson) on Mar 02, 2005 at 01:25 UTC
    Well, there's jarring, and then there's jarring. There's a qualitative difference between driving into a brick wall vs. driving over those same thousand bricks scattered over the road. We're aiming more for the latter effect. That's just one of the reasons we're not renaming Perl to something else, because that would make the transition look more like a brick wall. Another reason is that we don't want to waste a perfectly good four-letter word that googles well and has even been installed in the OED. A third reason is that we're not actually changing the most fundamental aspect of Perl, which is its basis in how natural languages work. If anything, we're just reinterpreting what that means to make it more true of Perl.

    But yes, we expect the migration process to be a little jarring in spots. We'll do what we can to keep the bricks spread out.

      Here's one monk who can't wait to be jarred by Perl 6. If you see Larry, pass on my thanks for taking the time to answer questions on! ;-)


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