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Re^4: Perl a "hot skill" according to eWeek

by Anonymous Monk
on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:39 UTC ( #871673=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Perl a "hot skill" according to eWeek
in thread Perl a "hot skill" according to eWeek

It may have taken some inspiration ...
I think it's more than just "some inspiration". For one, there's direct support (in the form of language built-ins) for a multitude of Unix system calls/commands, such as fork, exec, wait, select, kill, lstat, symlink, chmod, chown, getpwnam, etc. - only to name a few.

The docs even clearly state Perl's Unix heritage:

"Perl was born in Unix and can therefore access all common Unix system calls. (...)"
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Re^5: Perl a "hot skill" according to eWeek
by CountZero (Bishop) on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:48 UTC
    Yes, "Perl was born in Unix" and has now long grown out of that crib.

    It are such "absolute truths" which damage our beloved Perl's image, as they do not take into account the very dynamism that lies at its heart.

    Other such "truths" which spring to mind are "Perl is CGI", "Perl code is unreadable", "Perl development has stalled", "Perl is dead", ...

    At each and every opportunity we must stand united and fight them.


    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      Sorry, I don't think we need to fight the fact that Perl was born in Unix. Rather, history is something to be kept in mind to better understand and appreciate the present.

      Also, I don't see any connection to the other "truths" - or rather myths - you mentioned.

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