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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It looks like a lot of architecture and redirection to say a lot of the same things other computer aided software engineering things have mentioned.

    He starts off the article talking about the inability to change the language without the language designer, or change the IDE until it reaches a new version.

    The shell has always been good enough for me. If someone insists on a fancy windowing IDE thing, then that's what they get.

    With Perl's filters, you can even change the language to be almost anything. That is, you can if you weren't too busy laughing at the Harry Potter jokes instead of listening to the Perl bits of Damian's talk. ;)

    It seems to me that he's trying to solve the wrong problem: it's the tools that suck, not the languages. A command line and a scripting language can solve a lot of problems. There's no rule that you can't use Perl or Ruby or Python to help your Java or C++ coding.