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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I think the reason perl is so useful is that it came not from academia but from "real life." It solves problems that people actually have. An interesting counter-example is ocaml, which is IMO a fantastic application programming language and compiler (static typing, polymorphism, type inference, and native code generation). The maintainers, however, are French academics, who can't be bothered to do things like set up CPAN, implement a good standard library, generate helpful compiler error messages, etc..
  • that nobody has yet mentioned mentioned this classic essay [dreamsongs.com]. Make sure to check out the references therein. Really interesting stuff.

    Oh joy! In looking up a reference to the above, I find this fascinating looking piece [dreamsongs.com]. In fact, there appear to be several interesting essays here [dreamsongs.com].

    I've always found Richard Gabriel to be one of the most thoughtful writers on software issues.