Linked by Shlomi Fish on Sat 16th Oct 2004 07:28 UTC
General Development The purpose of this essay is to explain why I believe Perl 6, the way it currently seems to progress, is the wrong thing at the wrong time, and why I predict (with all the expected caveats of predicting something) that it won't be successful. I will also suggest a better alternative for the future of Perl which makes more sense at this point.
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Re: This guy is NOT a programmer.
by the_trapper on Sat 16th Oct 2004 22:44 UTC

For someone who claims to be a "mechanic", I found it extremely funny that he does not know the difference between a car and a Chevy. This whole article is by a news reporter and NOT a mechanic, as obvious by reading every paragraph he wrote.
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Also, about the readability of Perl compared to other languages, ever heard of the obfuscated C contest? Remember, C's one of the few languages that actually still has a "goto" statement. The only reason that most Python code is actually readable is because the language spanks you with a ruler if you don't indent properly.

If you want to see some readable and maintainable Perl code, download the following piece of code:

http://keep.sourceforge.net/

(Yes, I wrote it myself. Yes, you can achieve the same thing with arcane bash and zsh syntax.)