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Re^5: Right tool for the job?

by chester (Hermit)
on Sep 28, 2005 at 16:22 UTC ( #495821=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^4: Right tool for the job?
in thread Right tool for the job?

I have studied Haskell in college, and it was certainly different. I actually had no understanding of what map was doing in Perl until I saw some Haskell. The line between theoretical and practical knowledge is not one that I could draw.

I think Perl is more similar to Ruby than it is to Haskell in some ways, but I think the difference between Perl and Ruby is still significant. The idioms, the philosophy, the approach to solving problems, those things are significantly different in Perl and Ruby. You could say there's little difference between the syntax of C and Perl, but even though I can write Perl that looks very much like C, I certainly don't. I don't think Ruby people write Ruby that looks like Perl either.

I'd say learning Ruby if you already know Perl is like learning German if you already know English. Learning Haskell when you know Perl is like learning Japanese when you know English. (The analogy likely doesn't make sense unless you've studied all three of those, but anyways...) There can be benefit in both.

It's something to think about. I will consider diving into Haskell again. (I still have nightmares from last time though.)

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[usemodperl]: yea but http only has tar.gz, i wanna download modules with core perl, but http seems to make it impossible, that's my only question, how to find http mirrors like meta, or how to do it with core perl, but options now seem totally broken (on purpose :-(
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[usemodperl]: Corion it's really not misguided, it's the only way, to do something... wonderful IMHO
[Corion]: usemodperl: Why don't you set up your own (http-only) CPAN mirror? Or just fatpack your scripts? I wonder what problem you're trying to solve here.
[usemodperl]: don't worry about that, it's really cool, i promise!
[Corion]: usemodperl: Well, if the world changes and makes your "wonderful" approach not work anymore, you can either change your approach, or change the world. You seem to want to change others instead.
[usemodperl]: no dude i'm just asking how to access meta via http and you are getting defensive for some reason (did you turn off http at meta? :-)
[choroba]: why do you need to access metacpan via http?
[usemodperl]: stop asking why, just say how
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