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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • First, the ASCII issue. PHP, Ruby, Perl 5.6, etc., etc. don't support Unicode. Those saw plenty of use anyway. (PG mentions on his site that people wouldn't have complained about this if he hadn't brought it up. I agree; this is whining about the bikeshed color.)

    Next, car and cdr. Most LISP programmers I've talked to (including myself), prefer car and cdr to head and tail or first and rest. First, head/tail and first/rest don't make much sense when applied to an improper list (i.e. (cons 1 2)). car/c
    • Ruby, Perl and Python are all at least as old as Unicode itself. PHP is PHP. What excuse does Arc have to dismiss Unicode as “unimportant”?

      And I agree entirely with what Schwern said: if Paul Graham had written that Unicode doesn’t concern him now, but he’ll get around to it before he starts telling people to use Arc for serious work, I wouldn’t have said a peep about it.

      F.ex., who cares if he thinks using tables for layout is somehow more exploratory and agile. No one has to buy that crap. Lack of Unicode support is an entirely different category.

      In many ways, it is perfectly analogous of saying “I don’t want to spend even one day to figure out how to support floating point maths.”