Slashdot has a flame-bait article up called Why Corporates Hate Perl. It has attracted what looks like hundreds of posts trashing Perl (or PERL) for all its perceived failings and many more. Get over there and rebut, or mod 'em down!


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Re: Slashdot on Perl
by zentara (Archbishop) on Aug 22, 2008 at 15:35 UTC
    They didn't like an environment where there was no design authority..

    Perl is the opposite of 1-way thinking..... so I say " Use fight Fascism". :-)

    If you look at the way the US stock market is going, it appears that it is the corporations that need to worry about becoming "legacy material". Everytime the US fed bails out a bank or corporation, it brings us one step closer to "nationalization of corporations". Third world countries do it all the time, and the US is certainly falling into 3rd world status.

    Maybe the corporations need some fresh thinking Perl programmers, to save their drab, gray as*es, or else the Fascists they put in power will nationalize them with a "program that conforms to their design authority".

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Re: Slashdot on Perl
by Lawliet (Curate) on Aug 22, 2008 at 18:42 UTC

    Interesting opinions people have these days (that made sense, right?)

    Some comments got me thinking about how Perl lets you write code. It is not like python, where you are forced to indent to try and make your code readable. It is not like Java that forces OO programming. (Those two examples taken from a comment on /.) It gives you the tools you can use, but places no restrictions on how to use them.

    I think :\

    I'm so adjective, I verb nouns!

    chomp; # nom nom nom

Re: Slashdot on Perl
by davorg (Chancellor) on Aug 27, 2008 at 17:02 UTC

    The original article certainly wasn't intended as flame-bait. It was just a description of an situation that some of my friends (and former colleagues) have found themselves in. It seemed to me that it nicely illustrated an opinion that I'm hearing more and more frequently.

    I checked in on the Slashdot discussion when it was a couple of hours old and it seemed that the level of debate was higher than I usually see there. I assume it later dropped to more predictable levels :-)


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      After further review, I see you're entirely correct. After reading a lot of the comments, I'd forgotten that the original article was actually sympathetic; and the title is somewhat ironic. But it sure dug up a lot of Perl resentment.

      However, I think it is very valuable to listen (or read) critics, for a number of reasons, mainly to find out what bothers people, what misconceptions are out there, and what should maybe be improved.

      Here's some not-necessarily representative samples:

      • "That's because PERL, even good PERL, looks like an explosion at the punctuation factory compared to a vast majority of other languages."
      • "What is worng with you Perl programmers? Does the thought of a newline or indentation, possibly even whitespace fill you with fear and horror?"
      • "...nearly all of the perl code I've seen has been virtually indecipherable to anybody not a perl veteran."
      • "Slashdot is written in Perl. Whenever a business is mentioned on slashdot, their website goes down. Ergo, Perl is bad for business. "
      To be fair, there are lots of good pro-Perl comments posted (at least now) too. Maybe the good news is that 950 people thought it was worth commenting on.