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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Either he cannot read Perl, which is his problem, or he does not read enough Perl. There is plenty of comprehensible Perl code out there. The only significantly obfuscated thing about my code, for example, is the occasional idiom, and the poor organization. The idioms are just about knowing the language; the poor organization is a problem in any language.

    As to his other problem, he comes from the perspective that Perl has significant inherent disadvantages, and that it is a necessary evil for programs that need its advantages. He is biased from the beginning against Perl, he treats his biases as fact, and uses that to say that Perl is not the right language to use. If you could get him to see that his biases are NOT fact, but merely his opinion, that might help matters. For example, ask him what "disadvantages" Perl has. Also, ask him why he thinks other language features that you use for XML processing are NOT advantages. Try to show that those are his preferences, and perfectly reasonable ones, but that it is flatly false and inappropriate to present those as facts.

    Good luck ...