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runrig (3385)


Just another perl hacker somewhere near Disneyland

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Thursday August 30, 2007
02:43 PM

I give up -- it's a SCSL

[ #34289 ]

Tired of trying to educate the masses on what kind of language Perl is? I hereby dub Perl and any other language that wants to join the party as a SCSL, which stands for So-Called Scripting Language. If you want to wordify the acronym, I tentatively suggest "scuzzle".

Whenever the word "script" is used in reference to one of these languages, it is implied that what is really meant is "so-called script". It'll even be ok to say "I'm writing a scuzzle" (you don't have to say "I'm writing a scuzz", cuz that just doesn't sound right...though maybe "I'm writing some scuzz"...that sounds better).

You just wait, within 5 years, it'll be common usage. We'll just have to avoid association with the current (informal) definition of scuzzle...or maybe not... .oO( That's one hairy-ass language )...I'm liking this idea more and more :-)

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  • When you write a "script", you're really writing a program. Perl is a programming language. If you want to distinguish between old languages like C and Java, say that it's a dynamic programming language.

    See also []



    • say that it's a dynamic programming language

      Your preaching to the choir, but I've decided it just doesn't have the same pizazz as "scuzzle". And if you acronymwordify Dynamic Programming Language, scuzzle is way cooler than dipple :-)

    • Besides, if I had to get up and comment every time someone within earshot says "perl script", I'd never get any work done. And if I had a nickel for every...
  • It's cool-sounding in its own way. I wouldn't mind telling people my job is a computer scuzzler.

  • Isn't that the Sun Community Source License?

    I'm not sure and I don't care enough to check, but since Sun went GPL with Java, I'm not sure if SCSL is used by anyone anymore.

    Be careful with equating Perl with SCSL, though. With the recent questions surrounding the Artistic License [], unattentive people might get the impression that Perl has abandoned the Artistic License in favor of the Sun license.
    • I saw that turn up a few links down on a Google search. My opinion is that almost any short acronym already stands for something (e.g. the results above the Sun results), and that one is a License, and this one will be a Language, therefore there shouldn't be any confusion, and I'll appropriate the acronym for my own nefarious purposes. And besides, this thread already shows up at the top of a Google search for "SCSL" and "scuzzle" :-)