[TUHS] Book Recommendation [ reallly inscrutable languages ]

Paul Ruizendaal pnr at planet.nl
Fri Nov 19 04:47:54 AEST 2021

Here’s another angle on Perl, perhaps more on topic for TUHS. Let’s accept for a minute that Perl filled the void between C and shell scripts, and that there was a latent need for a scripting language like this on Unix.

The shell, awk, sed, etc. had arrived at more or less fully formed versions by 1980. Perl (and TCL) did not appear until the very end of the 1980’s. What filled the gap in that decade, if anything?

Ancient Unix has ‘bs’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bs_(programming_language) but this seems to have had very little use.


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