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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • This hasn't gone unnoticed elsewhere. I had dinner with a Java guy at OSCON and he said "I popped my head in on a few Perl talks, but they're very boring. They're discovering all the stuff that Java had years ago, and everyone's reimplementing it in a different way."


    • What he doesn't realize is that Perl has had them just as long. Tangram has been around for several years. What he is picking up on though is that Perl developers have traditionally been very skeptical about frameworks and abstractions like this, while Java developers embrace them. Java has paid for it too, with the resounding failure known as EJB. It was so bad that the upcoming EJB 3 spec basically scraps the old stuff in favor of a model copied from the (fairly recent) open source tool Hibernate. Hibernate is closer to Class::DBI than to EJB, so maybe we are converging on a middle ground where abstraction meets usability.