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  • I've been a columnist for the past five years, and this is how I find out about TPJ's demise. So, who else out there is paying for Perl articles?
    • Heh, I might be paying for Perl articles if I can get enough scratch when TPR gets a little bit past breaking even. Of course, there is still, but you already know about that. :)

      DDJ says they are still going to buy Perl articles, but that their budget is done across the board. They have to spread that out over all "lightweight languages" (whatever that means) I pretty much knew this was coming from talking to my editor over there.
      • I imagine by lightweight they mean Perl, Ruby, Tcl, PHP and the like.

        • I know what they are including in the group, but I can't figure out how the term "lightweight" figures into any of it.
          • I am not sure "how" they would classify but I am sure anything in the scripting realm would be lightweight.

            • What's your definition of "lightweight" then? I can't really think of any common definition that applies.

              These languages tend to be semantically and syntactically more complex and take up more resources than other languages. They are also more powerful and expressive. There's really nothing light about them.

              In keeping with the spirit of the word "lightweight", the language would probably need to be confined in scope and restricted in syntax. It wouldn't be a general purpose programming language, either, sin
              • Isn't Dobbs main focus on C and C++?

                I am known a few C/C++ that view Perl as as lightweight language.

                I guess it's a case of Language Religion?

                However, I kind of figured TPJ was going to go belly up when I heard Dobbs bought them. Didn't seem like a good fit to me.

                Oh well time to buy TPR ;) Come to think of it I think my subscription died.....