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Thursday December 14, 2006
01:17 PM

Today's quote from St. Larry

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Much as I hate to say it, the Computer Science view of language design has gotten too inbred in recent years. The Computer Scientists should pay more attention to the Linguists, who have a much better handle on how people prefer to communicate. --Larry Wall

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  • This goes a long way towards explaining the Perl 6 syntax, and why Damian Conway has such a major role.
    • I follow the first part, but not the second. Damian's not a (professionally trained) linguist. Larry and Allison are. (Me, I'm a professionally trained crank who types fast.)

      • How does one go about professional crank training? I know a lot of people who would be very interested in this. :)
        • Write inflammatory things on the Internet. Be right at least half of the time. Get paid for it.

          • This is bullshit! You are SO not right more than half the time!

            Also, Vi Sucks!
            • While YOU were right a nice 50% of the time in your post.


            • Even so, that leaves two out of three things right in my post, which is markedly better than half!

      • You’re a journalist?

        • If you want to get really technical about it, yes. Press releases are the price you pay for press passes.

          • I wasn’t getting technical about anything. You said you’re a trained crank; to me that means you’re a journalist.