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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • "Hilter" or "Nazi" is the ISO/ANSI standard way to kill a usenet thread. Let's hope a.l.r is has standards compliant posters. :-) I thought Larry was fairly complementary about Ruby. He was a little harsh (although completely accurate) about PHP inadequate extension mechanism. Still watching the tail lights of other languages isn't the road to innovation.
    • And he's entirely accurate about PHP's awful extension mechanism. Having to rebuild PHP to incorporate new functionality is a suboptimal solution.
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      • Well, it was good enough for Perl up until version 4. For values of 'good enough' that include 'Hey, at least it's possible.'
        • Re:Good luck (Score:2, Insightful)

          by jordan (120) on 2002.09.12 8:31 (#12789) Homepage Journal
          • Well, it was good enough for Perl up until version 4. For values of 'good enough' that include 'Hey, at least it's possible.'

          "Good enough" in this case is just bad. The rapid expansion of a huge base of useable extensions for Perl started with Perl 5.

          This experience is enough to place the PHP mechanism clearly and firmly in the bad category, from a relative perspective.

          When you think about it, can you really imagine an Open Source language that wouldn't support extension through rebuilding? It's "good enough" in the same sense that "absolute minimum requirement" is good enough.