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in thread J2SE 5.0 new features are just sugar from Perl (and other similar languages).

What about the object system (symbol tables, globs, method calls, autoquoting in braces or before =>)? The different variables associated to the same name: scalar, array, hash, code, io, format (sure lisp has scalars and functions in different namespaces, but surely not so many types)? Lexical and dynamic localization in the same language? Function call without parentheses? Function call syntax depending on prototypes? Arrays and strings resizable efficently? Such simplicity of string operations that you still can't find in any other languge? These are all inventions of perl.

Also just show me a language with a reference-counting garbage-collector.

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Re^2: New Perl Features are Just Sugar From Language X
by hardburn (Abbot) on Oct 12, 2004 at 21:05 UTC

    I think most of the things you mention are embracing and extending existing ideas, not new ideas in themselves. Perl gets most of its power by combining good ideas from other langauges. Perl6 has been described as adding back the good ideas that Ruby added to Perl.

    "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.