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For every one of those that you mention, I can name a similar issue in C/C++. As I don't know Ruby or Smalltalk, I cannot speak to those languages, but I'm sure they have similar issues. There are whole classes of bugs, in every language, that simply don't exist in some other language. Heck, Ovid, that's a major reason why new languages get written - to solve a class of bugs that some other language is rife with.
  • Do you hate malloc()? Well, write a language that manages your memory!
  • Do you hate dealing with variable typing? Write a language that's weakly typed!
  • Do you hate having to write all your code up front? Write a language that does runtime compilation!
  • Do you hate being constrained by awkward calling semantics? Write a language that doesn't have any!

And so on and so forth. The point is that Perl was designed to deal with whole classes of bugs and issues. Perl6 will be dealing with whole classes of issues that Perl5 has. Please note that many of these issues are problems other languages would love to have to deal with. They're "high-class issues". Kinda like having to decide between going on a free cruise and having to choose between your girlfriend and your best friend. It's a problem, but it's one most people wouldn't mind having.

I have also been bitten by most of the bugs you describe. I'm not disregarding them. And, I'm sure that Ruby solves many of them. Ruby should - it's designed by a former Perl hacker, who probably had many of the same frustrations you are expressing.

The thing you have to realize is that no language will protect you from typos, 3am hack sessions, or just plain old stupidity from your coworkers. I'm going to guess that you've been the lead developer for some time and have been very frustrated with the stupidity you've had to deal with. *shrugs* It's not Perl's fault ...

  • ... your coworkers can't be bothered to read the documentation for open or to use lexical filehandles (which solves the problem).
  • ... someone chose to use hashrefs for your objects and use direct access when there are literally hundreds of better solutions on CPAN, such as Class::MethodMaker.

Am I making any sense?

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In reply to Re^3: The Limitations of the CPAN by dragonchild
in thread The Limitations of the CPAN by Ovid

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