A morality tale of Perl versus Python
I.Clarke at strs.co.uk
Thu Nov 4 12:25:24 CET 1999
> EXTERIOR: DAGOBAH -- DAY
> With Yoda strapped to his back, Luke climbs up one of the
> many thick vines that grow in the swamp until he reaches the
> Dagobah statistics lab. Panting heavily, he continues his
> exercises -- grepping, installing new packages, logging in as
> root, and writing replacements for two-year-old shell scripts
> in Python.
> YODA: Code! Yes. A programmer's strength flows from code maintainability.
> But beware of Perl. Terse syntax... more than one way to do it...
> default variables. The dark side of code maintainability are they.
> Easily they flow, quick to join you when code you write. If once
> you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny,
> consume you it will.
> LUKE: Is Perl better than Python?
> YODA: No... no... no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
> LUKE: But how will I know why Python is better than Perl?
> YODA: You will know. When your code you try to read six months from
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