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Re^3: Modern Perl and the Future of Perl

by Cop
on Dec 21, 2007 at 01:22 UTC ( #658352=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Modern Perl and the Future of Perl
in thread Modern Perl and the Future of Perl

CPAN is growing, true. At the same time, as many others pointed out in the past. Many of those CPAN modules are not needed, if the language itself is modern. Number of modules means something in both ways.

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Re^4: Modern Perl and the Future of Perl
by mugwumpjism (Hermit) on Dec 21, 2007 at 05:27 UTC

    Hmm, I guess that's true, but the thing is that Perl went all the way from old skool to post-modern in one fell swoop, missing out that whole modern thing. Modern is so 20th Century.

    And what's wrong with a few unneeded modules anyway? Ever heard of programming for fun, hmm? If it had not been for frivolous code, we might never have had Acme::MetaSyntactic. What a catastrophe that would have been.

    $h=$ENV{HOME};my@q=split/\n\n/,`cat $h/.quotes`;$s="$h/." ."signature";$t=`cat $s`;print$t,"\n",$q[rand($#q)],"\n";

      Post-modern? sure, you are first one making this kind of claim. Sweet dream.

        First, postmodern simply means that someone doesn't throw out the old for the sake of the new. It means that the best of old and new concepts are weighed and the best of each is used. It's a term meaning a person or their influence on a project has gotten past the modernist idea of newer necessarily being better. Perl's full of that kind of influence.

        Second, if you think nobody ever called Perl postmodern before, you've not read the transcript of one of Larry's talks called "Perl, the first postmodern programming language". That insightful talk not only tells a lot about Perl, about Larry, about how Larry thinks about Perl, and about his postmodern attitude towards programming language design. It also has one of the best descriptions of postmodernism I've read.

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