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If free software hackers are
the Paradisaeidae of the IT industry,
Perl hackers must be the Cicinnurus respublicae of the free software ecosystem.
I do not find your native speakers of programming languages standoffish [perl.org]; rather, I find computers pathetically compliant and more than a little frail. Computer programs, on the other hand, are the codification of programmers' understanding of how to solve certain problems using a computer, and I do find many computer programs infuriatingly standoffish.
Now, I can see how, if one chooses a biological metaphor, one may construe the computer as a standoffish creature made up of hardware and so
Unlike the Java programmers to which you allude [perl.org], many of whom are salaried corporate employees who are content to cut-and-paste their life away in the safety of their hive or colony, Perl hackers are often self-employed consultants who insist on the validity of increasingly exotic concerns like, oh, the well-being of other people.
Indeed, much of the talk in the Perl habitat (freedom, plurality, responsibility, quality, etcetera) is, IMHO, about the well-being of people. I'm afraid you don't find that ve
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