Larry Wall's comment on python...
roy at panix.com
Fri Sep 6 21:01:50 EDT 2002
Tim Daneliuk <tundra at tundraware.com> wrote:
> Well, that's true, but for all of its similarity to line noise, perl has
> been an enormous contribution to our profession/community. I would never want
> to diminish Wall's stature, therefore.
There is no doubt that Perl was a major breakthrough. It sure beats the
horrible sed/awk/grep/shell disasters we used to write. The fact that
it's showing its age and better things have come along (building on
Perl's success and learning from its mistakes) does not in any way
diminish the magnitude of Larry's contribution. Not to mention rn and
patch (and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting at the moment).
> I find almost all compiled languages (even C) intrusive
> when writing code for embedded systems.
Back in the days when a pdp-11/45 was the hot platform to run Unix on, I
used to do a certain amount of M-6800 programming (note: two zeros, not
three). I found the best way to write code was to write it in a
(self-imposed) simplistic subset of C, and then hand-compile it into
assembler. This let me write the basic control logic in a reasonably
expressive language, but kept me close to the bare machine. It was
almost like flowcharting in pseudocode.
Writing for a machine which only has 256 bytes of RAM gives you a
somewhat different outlook on programming :-)
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