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Friday November 04, 2005
07:28 PM

From the archives ...

[ #27455 ]

While packing I just found a proof sheet for the little business cards I made for a San Diego OSCON around the turn of the millennium. Eight phrases, each preceded by the word "Perl" on a line by itself, and followed by the URL For your historical pleasure, here they are:

  • If I was your manager, I'd fire your ass and replace you with twenty lines of Perl.
  • It's what the kid who replaces your department will code in.
  • It's like Java and C++ and C#, only it doesn't suck ass.
  • It's like Java, only it lets you deliver on time and under budget.
  • Because life's too short to code without interpolation.
  • Go ahead, use Java. That just leaves more punctuation for us real programmers.
  • Because Java can kiss my ass.
  • When the best is good enough.

Ah, tempestuous youth. I distributed several hundred them around the tables of the speaker room over the course of the conference, and not one person smacked me.



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  • I have several of those in my wallet still.
  • You should go spreading those in JavaOne and see whether you get your ass smacked.
    • I'd get my ass smacked. If I wanted avoid ass smackage, I'd hand out Ruby cards. The same slogans apply, but I know a lot of Java programmers who wish they were Ruby programmers. :-)
  • heehee.

    years after you made them I found some in my camera bag and with glee stuck them around the desks of the Java programmers at the place I was contracting (the place was otherwise big on Perl, so again no ass-smacking).

      - ask

    -- ask bjoern hansen [], !try; do();