Larry Wall (Computer Scientist)

#24242 Larry Wall

If you want to see useful Perl examples, we can certainly arrange to have comp.lang.misc flooded with them, but I don't think that would help the advance of civilization. .

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#24243 Larry Wall

> (It's sorta like sed, but not. It's sorta like awk, but not. etc.) Guilty as charged. Perl is happily ugly, and happily derivative. .

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#24244 Larry Wall

Just don't compare it with a real language, or you'll be unhappy... .

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#24245 Larry Wall

Lispers are among the best grads of the Sweep-It-Under-Someone-Else's-Carpet School of Simulated Simplicity. [Was that sufficiently incendiary?] .

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#24246 Larry Wall

There ain't nothin' in this world that's worth being a snot over. .

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#24247 Larry Wall

...this does not mean that some of us should not want, in a rather dispassionate sort of way, to put a bullet through csh's head. .

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#24248 Larry Wall

Unix is like a toll road on which you have to stop every 50 feet to pay another nickel. But hey! You only feel 5 cents poorer each time. .

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#24249 Larry Wall

What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against? .

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#24250 Larry Wall

You have to admit that it's difficult to misplace the Perl sources. .

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#24251 Larry Wall

Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi. .

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#24252 Larry Wall

Well, enough clowning around. Perl is, in intent, a cleaned up and summarized version of that wonderful semi-natural language known as 'Unix'. .

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#24253 Larry Wall

Anyway, there's plenty of room for doubt. It might seem easy enough, but computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is. .

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#24254 Larry Wall

Lisp has all the visual appeal of oatmeal with fingernail clippings mixed in. .

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#24255 Larry Wall

I don't like your I-can-use-anything-as-an-adjective attitude. .

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#24256 Larry Wall

I want to see people usingto glue things together creatively, not just technically but also socially. .

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#24257 Larry Wall

The whole history of computers is rampant with cheerleading at best and bigotry at worst. .

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#24258 Larry Wall

If someone stinks, view it as a reason to help them, not a reason to avoid them. .

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#24259 Larry Wall

As usual, I'm overstating the case to knock a few neurons loose, but the truth is usually somewhere in the muddle, uh, middle. .

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#24260 Larry Wall

Odd that we think definitions are definitive. .

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#24261 Larry Wall

 : But for some things, Perl just isn't the optimal choice. (yet) .

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#24262 Larry Wall

I don't like this official/unofficial distinction. It sound, er, officious. .

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#24263 Larry Wall

If you write something wrong enough, I'll be glad to make up a new witticism just for you. .

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#24264 Larry Wall

So far we've managed to avoid turning Perl into APL. .

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#24265 Larry Wall

Not that I have anything much against redundancy. But I said that already. .

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#24266 Larry Wall

They can always run stderr through uniq. .

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#24267 Larry Wall

I'd put my money where my mouth is, but my mouth keeps moving. .

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#24268 Larry Wall

Of course, I reserve the right to make wholly stupid changes toif I think they improve the language. .

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#24269 Larry Wall

Call me bored, but don't call me boring. .

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#24270 Larry Wall

I think $[ is more like a coelacanth than a mastadon. .

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#24271 Larry Wall

We question most of the mantras around here periodically, in case you hadn't noticed. .

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#24272 Larry Wall

That could certainly be done, but I don't want to fall into the Forth trap, where every running Forth implementation is really a different language. .

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#24273 Larry Wall

Tcl long ago fell into the Forth trap, and is now trying desperately to extricate itself (with some help from Sun's marketing department). .

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#24274 Larry Wall

The whole intent of Perl 5's module system was to encourage the growth of Perl culture rather than the Perl core. .

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#24275 Larry Wall

can write one-liners again. Everyone is happy, and peace spreads over the whole Earth. .

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#24276 Larry Wall

Life gets boring, someone invents another necessity, and once again we turn the crank on the screwjack of progress hoping that nobody gets screwed. .

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#24277 Larry Wall

No prisoner's dilemma here. Over the long term, symbiosis is more useful than parasitism. More fun, too. Ask any mitochondria. .

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#24278 Larry Wall

P.S. Perl's master plan (or what passes for one) is to take over the world like English did. Er, *as* English did... .

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#24279 Larry Wall

You can prove anything by mentioning another computer language. .

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#24280 Larry Wall

I think you didn't get a reply because you used the terms 'correct' and 'proper', neither of which has much meaning in Perl culture. .

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#24281 Larry Wall

I'm sure a mathematician would claim that 0 and 1 are both very interesting numbers. .

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#24282 Larry Wall

True, it returns ' ' for false, but ' ' is an even more interesting number than 0. .

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#24283 Larry Wall

Any false value is gonna be fairly boring in Perl, mathematicians notwithstanding. .

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#24284 Larry Wall

We didn't put in ^^ because then we'd have to keep telling people what it means, and then we'd have to keep telling them why it doesn't short circuit.  :-/ .

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#24285 Larry Wall

Anybody want a binary telemetry frame editor written in Perl? .

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#24286 Larry Wall

Perhaps I'm missing the gene for making enemies. .

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#24287 Larry Wall

Perl has a long tradition of working around compilers. .

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#24288 Larry Wall

Personally, I like to defiantly split my infinitives. .

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#24289 Larry Wall

Real theology is always rather shocking to people who already think they know what they think. I'm still shocked myself. .

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#24290 Larry Wall

The computer should be doing the hard work. That's what it's paid to do, after all. .

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#24291 Larry Wall

The following two statements are usually both true: There's not enough documentation. There's too much documentation. .

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