A morality tale of Perl versus Python

Ian Clarke I.Clarke at strs.co.uk
Thu Nov 4 06:25:24 EST 1999

>From rec.humor.funny:

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>            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
>       now.
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