[Tutor] Are you allowed to shoot camels? [kinda OT]

Smith, Jeff jsmith at medplus.com
Fri Feb 4 15:17:46 CET 2005

Disagree to disagree again.  I certainly don't think Perl is less
capable than awk.  And awk is only easier to learn because there's less
to it.  If someone only wanted to use Perl for exactly what awk does I
suspect they would find Perl easier.  And awk's terseness is part of
what I don't like about it.  Unwrapping those statement's and puzzling
out what they do can be hellish.  Of course, I do understand that if you
use it every day, you get use to it like any other language...then
again, that was the whole theory behinf APL :-)

For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of LISP and Prolog but can't find any
reason to really use them any more.

And for whoever complained about the proprietary language they have to
use daily, I suggest you take a look at ADA.  It was intended to be self
documenting and was designed by committee.  They started with Pascal and
decided it was too terse :-)




(or something similar, it's been years...err, decades)


-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Gauld [mailto:alan.gauld at freenet.co.uk] 
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 6:31 PM
To: Smith, Jeff; Nicholas.Montpetit at deluxe.com
Cc: tutor at python.org; tutor-bounces at python.org
Subject: Re: [Tutor] Are you allowed to shoot camels? [kinda OT]

> We'll just have to have to disagree about awk.
> I starting learning Perl to avoid learning awk :-)

Really? Why for? awk is far easier to learn than Perl 
- and far less generally capable! - but it makes Perl seem 
positively verbose!

Alan G.

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