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Original OSNews Interviews From Linux Voice: "Perl 6 has been 15 years in the making, and is now due to be released at the end of this year. We speak to its creator to find out what’s going on."
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RE[2]: Why perl?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 15th Jul 2015 14:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Why perl?"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I just love the language, mostly because there are 1000s of (perfectly good) ways to get the same thing done. That means that your own style and expression of coding are more important than in other languages.


This is why I never want to use it for anything that anyone else will ever contribute to. Everyone has their own style and in perl they are greatly exaggerated and its difficult to get people to switch

Yes you can screw it up the readability royally and the language requires discipline but at least everything is possible.


Yes, I agree. And yes its difficutl to get more than a few people to share the required discipline.

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RE[3]: Why perl?
by WorknMan on Wed 15th Jul 2015 15:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Why perl?"
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2005-11-13

This is why I never want to use it for anything that anyone else will ever contribute to. Everyone has their own style and in perl they are greatly exaggerated and its difficult to get people to switch


Yeah. I've (unfortunately) had to maintain some perl code and quickly realized that out of the 9,000 different ways there are to do one thing in perl, perl coders usually gravitate to the most cryptic and hard to read way, because they seem more interested in showing off than actually writing readable code. And you know what I'm talking about too... the kind of code that looks like modem line noise, without a comment in sight.

And I think they do it on purpose too. If you ask me, they've gotta be compensating for something. Penis size, perhaps ;)

Edited 2015-07-15 15:20 UTC

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RE[4]: Why perl?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 15th Jul 2015 15:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Why perl?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The modem static noise style is great, but it takes too long to load up all that parsing logic in your head unless you do it on a daily basis. I deal with output that's as crazy as that regularly. But it just becomes second nature. But yeah, I've turned down perl jobs because its just too much to maintain.

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