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: Anonymous
by Simba on Sat 16th Oct 2004 23:04 UTC

"Shannara: As someone who studies CS at a university and programs for a hobby, I still have no idea what you mean .. How about explaning it?"

He doesn't know what he means. He's one of those people who has little or no programming experience and gets hung up on the false idea that a scripting language is not a real programming language.

This may have been true 10 years ago. But today, "scripting languages" such as Python, offer all of the features of a full programming language. And in some ways, they are even more powerful. Because of their dynamic binding and loose typing, they can implement data structures with a few lines of code that require a great deal of work to implement in C and such.

"Scripting language" is really just a hold out because no one has come up with a better name, although "dynamic language" as opposed to "static language" has been suggested.

So basically, Shannara is just one of those people who tried to make himself look intelligent, and ultimately in so doing, only proved he doesn't have a clue what he is talking about.