Why use Perl when we've got Python?!

Matt Sisk sisk at mojotoad.com
Sun Aug 15 05:58:53 CEST 1999


"John W. Stevens" wrote:
> > When you find bad prose, whom do you shoot?  The writer, not the language.
> > So, too, with Perl.
> 
> Comparing Perl to English, and trying to emulate English, is in fact the
> basis for Perl's flaws.
> 
> But the discussion was aimed more at "typesetting" not at "prose".
> 
> When you find bad typesetting, who do you shoot?  The system that
> encourages/allows bad typesetting.  In this case, the flawed system
> is Perl.

Allrighty then, enter meaning vs. semantics. Shall we insist on
literal interpretation, or rely instead on native intelligence?

Does a sonnet cease to be so based on whitespace?

Matt
(cloak thyself in thine own insecurities)




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