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Linux Format Interviews Nat

posted by davorg on 2006.11.05 5:52   Printer-friendly
The December 2006 issue of UK magazine Linux Format has an interview with Nat Torkington. There's an extended version of the interview on their web site.
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  • Please correct me if i'm wrong but isn't TPF supposed to promote Perl?
    Naturally everybody is free to think whatever they want, but when talking as a TPF representative which Nat clearly did, i think some of his statements are a bit inadequate.

    I don't want to post quotes out of context so i just highlight some parts.

    Linux Format: Could you tell me what your role is at the Perl foundation?
    Nat Torkington: I am on the board at the Perl foundation; we oversee the activities that the executive directo
    • Please correct me if i'm wrong but isn't TPF supposed to promote Perl?

      Shouldn't Nat have the opportunity to talk about other things he's doing, such as working on OSCON?

      • Absolutely, but the interview still looks like a Ruby ad to me.
        • Why is that a bad thing? Ruby is a nice language.
          • If you state "I am on the board of The Perl Foundation and then you go on to give an ad for Ruby, I think that is bad.

            It doesn't matter if Ruby is good or bad.

          • Ruby is a very nice language indeed, i'm now considering it for my next project too.

            But the point is that Nat was talking as a member of the Perl Foundation, not the Ruby Fountation.
            And these kind of statements stab people in the back that still try (or tried) to promote Perl as a general purpose language,
            especially for modern non-cgi web programming. :(
            • But the point is that Nat was talking as a member of the Perl Foundation, not the Ruby Fountation.

              That might surprise both Nat and the interviewer.

              I write a fair bit of C code sometimes. I'm not and never have been a member of the Perl Foundation, but if I were, would you object to me mentioning that I write C? In the past few years, I've also written code in shell, C++, Java, Haskell, JavaScript, Python, Scheme, Visual Basic, T/SQL or something like it, SQL, Parrot Assembly, PPC assembly, and, yes,

    • I agree. I was a little dissapointed the "I use Perl, but not when I have a choice" attitude...