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  • Picking up on the biological metaphor of "When I think of free software programmers, I think of the so-called birds of paradise -- each indulging in its uncommon, seemingly gratuitous display of beauty and grace simply because it is possible,"

    Programmers are like musicians playing to their flowers. Free software ones are those who enjoy playing for other musicians.

    Programmers are like second language speakers of languages spoken natively only by the computers themselves. Free software programmers ch
    • Unlike the Java programmers to which you allude [], many of whom are salaried corporate employees who are content to cut-and-paste their life away in the safety of their hive or colony, Perl hackers are often self-employed consultants who insist on the validity of increasingly exotic concerns like, oh, the well-being of other people.

      Indeed, much of the talk in the Perl habitat (freedom, plurality, responsibility, quality, etcetera) is, IMHO, about the well-being of people. I'm afraid you don't find that very often: not in other language communities, and not even in other free software communities. And that's why I think Perl hackers are, amongst free software creatures, some of the most beautiful — hence my likening Perl hackers to Wilson's Birds of Paradise [].