Overcoming herpetophobia (or what's up w/ Python scopes)?

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au
Fri Jun 17 20:06:19 CEST 2005

On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 10:22:05 -0700, Hughes, Chad O wrote:

> Are you sure about the lower-case thing.  The original post states
> "Perlhead" and there are many instances at www.Perl.com where O'REILLY
> spells perl as Perl.

I did say "usually" :-)

But in fact it seems that the creator of Perl/perl, Larry Wall, now
distinguishes between the two spellings. From the FAQs:

Q: What's the difference between "perl" and "Perl"?
A: One bit. Oh, you weren't talking ASCII? :-) Larry now uses "Perl" to
signify the language proper and "perl" the implementation of it, i.e. the
current interpreter. Hence Tom's quip that "Nothing but perl can parse
Perl." You may or may not choose to follow this usage. For example,
parallelism means "awk and perl" and "Python and Perl" look OK, while "awk
and Perl" and "Python and perl" do not. But never write "PERL", because
perl is not an acronym, apocryphal folklore and post-facto expansions



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