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Re: The Spirit of Perl

by flay (Pilgrim)
on Jan 29, 2001 at 17:46 UTC ( #54981=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Spirit of Perl

A nice sentiment. A few minor points though:

> No one language has the capacity to do what Perl has done, and no
> one laungauge EVER will.

That's a bit over the top. There are programming languages that used more than Perl. There are programming communities every bit as strong as Perl's (Python's, say), though on a smaller scale. Assuming that Perl is the be-all and end-all of programming language evolution blinds us to those areas where Perl can be improved. If no language can do what Perl has done so far, what's the point in Perl 6?

> Without programmers, there would be no such thing as Perl.

The same would go for every programming language, no?

> With the event of perl 6 at short hand,

It's in the works. I wouldn't hold your breath though.

> Perl is as prominent as HTML, but more popular

Um, it obviously isn't. The use of HTML is much more common. If you mean that Perl users love Perl more than HTML users love HTML, I would agree with that, but that isn't what you said.

> Perl is the best language, hands down

It depends what the problem you're trying to solve is. If you always reach for Perl first without thinking about how best to solve the problem, you are probably ignoring valid alternatives.

I'm not trying to flame you here. Your heart is clearly in the right place. There is, however, a fine line between advocacy and fanaticism, and I think you're just a touch on the wrong side there. Demonstrating cool uses of Perl and ways in which it can save people time will always go much further in convincing people that it's a Good Thing, IMHO.

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