[TUHS] Book Recommendation [ reallly inscrutable languages ]
imp at bsdimp.com
Thu Nov 18 06:52:29 AEST 2021
On Wed, Nov 17, 2021, 1:48 PM Dan Stromberg <drsalists at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 11:35 AM Norman Wilson <norman at oclsc.org> wrote:
>> Wasn't Perl created to fill this void?
>> Void? I thought Perl was created to fill a much-needed gap.
> There was and is a need for something to sit between Shell and C. But it
> needn't be filled by Perl.
> The chief problem with Perl, as I see it, is it's like 10 languages
> smashed together. To write it, you only need to know one of the 10. But
> to read it, you never know what subset you're going to see until you're
> deep in the code.
> Perl is the victim of an experiment in exuberant, Opensource design, where
> the bar to adding a new feature was troublingly low.
> It was undeniably influential.
It's what paved the way for python to fill that gap...
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