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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday September 03, 2002
11:02 AM

P5P Quote of the week

[ #7498 ]

"The valuable contributions that vstrings make to the language
require an electron microscope to observe, yet the effort
required to implement them could have built a new Mt. Rushmore
monument :-)."

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  • I quite agree! Does Larry still like v-strings? I'd like to see them go away, and stay away.
    • I was going to make a comment like that in response to this week's summary, but I was worried I would hurt somebody's feelings, since there's still work going on on the feature.

      I'm under the impression someone emphatically stated vstrings will not go into Perl 6. True?

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Here's [mpe.mpg.de] the reply from P5P (by Yitzchak).
        • Ah. It sounds like the community has a consensus, then. Good. Reminds me of the Onion last year:

          • Larry: Pseudo-hashes must die!
          • (audience erupts into cheers and applause)
          • Larry: or so says RFC number such and such, and I tend to agree with him.
          --
          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • And this is a perfect example of what modules are for, not core code.
    • Hugo just posted this on P5P : Larry continues to like them [the vstrings] despite various attempts to convince him otherwise, so they are here to stay. I think they could become much less of a bugbear if John's sterling work culminates in a consistent and appropriately documented set of behaviours.

      Watch the next P5P report... Perhaps vstrings will be cleaner in Perl 6, with an appropriate PMC type etc...