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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I knew about PCRE, but didn't know split, join
    came from BASIC.

    The way language designers 'port' other languages'
    features could be called 'incestuous.'

    But that's not really the right word.

    Evolutionarily speaking, it's not 'inheritance
    of acquired features' but 'inheritance of other
    monkeys' cool features.'
    • It’s not even inheritance. It’s more like bacterial conjugation.

      • I had to look that up. Here's an animation [hhmi.org] I think you're right. I wonder if perl6 will change that. The importance of BASIC to Larry comes out in the Onion State [perl.com]
        • I think Perl 6 will change the game because it will be the first widely-deployed non-LISP-based language with many cool features now present only in academic languages. I suspect that we will see other languages start borrowing from Perl 6 because of these cool features.