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  • Having hacking on Bugzilla a fair bit, I find it hard to take seriously the idea that Perl is what's wrong with Bugzilla development.

    Their codebase is a mess because they lack enforced coding standards. The poster seems to indicate that he thinks this won't be a problem with other languages. Maybe it's significantly easier to maintain a single style of coding in Python or Ruby, but it's sure not just a given. I've also worked on my share of horrible Python or Ruby.

    Why not just rewrite parts of the system
    • If they don't enforce coding standards now; then any language they do choose is not going to help. Python has the "whitespace" thing but if you don't have standards you still get a wide array of coding practices. Ruby gives you nothing more than Perl as far as maintaining style.