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Monday January 17, 2005
05:31 AM

Xah Lee and Perl

[ #22752 ]

Xah Lee has been known in the Perl community for some time for his irrational hatred of Perl.

Last week he announced his new Perl/Python mailing list. The idea is that each day he'd post a piece of Python code and the equilvalent piece of Perl code. He is posting them to his mailing list here.

Except, of course, the flaw in this plan is that as he dislikes Perl so much, the Perl he posts isn't particularly good. There's been some discussion of this on comp.lang.perl.misc (where he is helpfully cross-posting his examples), but there's no evidence that he actually reads the replies to his messages.

So yesterday I spent half an hour pointing out some of the worst problems in his Perl in postings to his mailing list - they're still there in the message archive. But when I posted another message later in the day it was bounced back as the list options had been changed so that only the moderator could post.

I don't really mind people posting bad Perl on the internet (although, obviously, I'd really rather that they didn't) but it's pretty cowardly not to let anyone else comment on it.

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