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  • by yaphet (484) <> on 2001.05.21 1:39 (#1207)

    O: "Perl has been hailed..."
    R: The empahasis is on "has been"

    O: "Perl is a poster child for the open-source software revolution."
    R: Poster child...I agree.

    O: "Perl was created by linguist Larry Wall to mimic natural languages."
    R: In no true sense of the word "linguist" is Larry Wall a linguist. He may be (a) "linguist after a fashion"; (b) "self-styled linguist";
    or an "amatuer linguist". Just because something is repeated over and over does not make it so.

    O: "This allows Perl programmers a large measure of creative expression in the way that they build sites..."
    R: And a large measure of creative expression in producing unmaintainable code. The advantages of rapid deployment time are lost to the disadvantages of maintaining a "write-once" language. Of course, the guilty have long since fled the scene (kinda' like deadbeat dad's...).

    O: "It's one of the many indications of the cultlike following..."
    R: Again...I agree. Businesses need solutions, not cults. "No thank you, I gave at the office."

    O: "With my linguistics background..."
    R: "Exposure to linguistics" would be more correct.

    O: "I've learned that a language without a culture is a dead language"
    R: And what about a language with a debased culture...a culture of theft...a culture bereft of vision...a culture of elitism...that is to say, the culture of Perl?

    heretics of perl;