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Perrin is a contributor to various Perl-related projects like mod_perl, Template Toolkit, and Class::DBI. He is a frequent speaker at OSCON, YAPC, and ApacheCon, and a contributor to several perl-related books.

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Friday July 14, 2006
02:30 PM

Do they know they're learning Perl?

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In this article on IBM's DeveloperWorks site, Bruce Tate (the guy who has been pimping Ruby in his book "Beyond Java") teaches Java developers some basics of Ruby text generation. He talks about strings (when you use double quotes, they interpolate variables!) and eval (where have I seen that before?) and then shows a templating system that appears to be a Ruby port of Text::Template (or any of the similar embedded Perl code modules, but nowhere close to a more powerful system like TT). Funny thing -- it all looks exactly like perl code, and demonstrates basic features of Perl.

I wonder if these Java programmers who are getting excited about learning Ruby realize that they're actually being taught Perl. Our evil plot to change the name to Ruby has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Welcome to the fold, DeveloperWorks readers.

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