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I find it ironic that Larry would invent a very large language that very few could be reasonably expected to master and then says that you don't have to master it... :-)

But I think that Larry is right. You can get things done while knowing remarkably little Perl. But there is a lot of Perl to learn, and learning it brings benefits. There is a lot to learn about programming in general, which will likewise bring even more benefits. You don't need that to find it useful. But without it you will repeatedly shoot yourself in the foot, and you won't even know you are doing so! That is life.

Neither Larry Wall or anyone else can make learning more a useless or irrelevant thing to do. (Though some - in particular Microsoft - try to market products that they claim have done so.) But you can certainly define a useful subset of the language which you stick to and can readily bring someone else up to speed on. There is sometimes great value in doing so.


In reply to Re (tilly) 1: Conclusion?: Some of use just want to know the basics by tilly
in thread Some of use just want to know the basics by Elias

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