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2012/12/18-2013/1/24 [Computer/SW/Languages/Perl] UID:54561 Activity:nil
12/18   Happy 25th birthday Perl, and FUCK YOU Larry Wall for fucking up
        the computer science formalism that sets back compilers development
        back for at least a decade:
        http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/18/print-happy-25th-birthday-perl
        \_ I tried to learn Perl but was scared away by it.  Maybe scripting
           lanauages have to be like that in order to work well?
        \_ I tried to learn Perl but was scared away by its incoherience.
        \_ I tried to learn Perl but was scared away by its incoherence.
           Maybe scripting languages have to be like that in order to work
           well?  I don't know other scripting languages.
           \_ We laugh at Perl today and say it is the new COBOL, but to give
              credit, Perl came out at a time when awk/sed were the ways of
              doing things. People didn't know any better, and programming
              languages/compilers/parsers were not as formalized as it is
              now today.
                Try Python, it is a very elegant language that
              came out as a result of a lot of the earlier trial and error
              and undos a lot of the mistakes that earlier folks made.
              Python is VERY consistent (syntax, usage, etc) and very
              readable, so that 10000 developers can read and develop
              each other's code. Computers evolve. So do languages.
              \_ Part of this is just image. People hate perl now. People
                 loved perl before. Python is cool now. Next it will be
                 ruby or something else. All of these languages, whether
                 FORTRAN, COBOL, C++, Java or Python do basically the same
                 shit to an order of magnitude.
                 \_ you are not a computer science major. Yes you are correct
                    that all modern languages all perform the same computations
                    and have the same power in the Chomsky Hierachy. They
                    will however provide different features, most of them are
                    time savings or productivity boosts. Features such as
                    static typing and static analysis (bane of old dynamic
                    languages) detects type errors BEFORE the program even
                    runs (sorry Perl). Dynamic languages saves people time
                    by not requiring a long dance (e.g. verbose Java/C
                    declarations) so programmers can focus on coding instead
                    of syntax. New languages have both features of dynamic
                    and strong/static typing (e.g. Go, Scala) which allow
                    programmers to code like dynamic languages AND allow
                    the compilers to perform semantic analysis. Sorry again
                    Perl (it is not even a language that can be described in
                    a standard AST). Look, even old Java itself was a big
                    thing as programmers no longer need to spend so much
                    time worrying about memory management and debugging
                    and monitoring stack trace and heap. Java provides
                    faster time-to-market over C, just as Go/Scala/etc
                    will provide faster time-to-market over Java. Don't
                    discount future programming languages, runtime, and
                    compilers. There will always be something better
                    (sorry, Ruby is NOT better) and meta-productivity will
                    always increase with further language research.
                    BTW you are probably wondering how much productivity
                    a higher level language provides. Read the Mythical
                    Man-Month. It is provide concrete numbers. Read it.
                                        -CS, thesis in programming languages
                    \_ I have a MS in CS from UCLA and I stand by my statement.
                       Most of what you say is true, but it doesn't
                       contradict anything I said. What language is
                       "better" depends on a lot of variables. Note
                       specifically that I am not claiming that FORTRAN, Perl,
                       Java, and C++ are equivalent. Of course not. However,
                       for solving certain classes of problems they certainly
                       are. Further, sometimes some of the "advantages" aren't.
                       There is definitely some element of a beauty contest
                       when it comes to the "new, improved" language du
                       jour. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks
                       like a nail. I see this with freshouts all the time.
                       \_ what is your thesis? What is UCLA's ranking?
                          \_ Why don't you ask me how big my penis is?
                             \_ Since you brought it up...
                                \_ Are you hitting on me?
                                   \_ It depends on what your answer is.
                       \_ compare scripting to scripting, and static typed
                          compiled languages to static typed compiled
                          languages. Any other comparison is apple & orange.
                          Perl is a scripting language that can be easily
                          replaced by any modern scripting language just as
                          FORTRAN can be replaced by any C/C++ variants today.
                          How many companies today still actively develop
                          their products using COBAL?
                          \_ What is your claim here?
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com%2F2012%2F12%2F18%2Fprint-happy-25th-birthday-perl%2F &text=print%20%22Happy%2025th%20Birthday%2C%20Perl%22%3B&via=techcrunch print "Happy 25th Birthday, Perl"; View Staff Page Biggs is the East Coast Editor of TechCrunch. Biggs has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. Larry Wall, creator of Perl, released the first version of the ahr language on December 18, 1987 (although Perl 0 existed, Wall refuses to tell when he created it). You could argue that Perl has been overshadowed by other languages like PHP and Python, but every programmer knows there's nothing like a solid Perl script to tackle the nasty jobs that pop up on a daily basis. Wall created the language as an alternative to tools like sed and awk that, while powerful, didn't have the the straightforward panache of a standard programming language. Perl is best known for its use of regular expressions, a vexing if powerful way to scan data for patterns and strings of text. Wall suggests that Perl offers more than one way to do something and says that, through Perl, "Easy things should be easy and hard things should be possible." It's nice to know that there's someone out there who is ready with a tool for folks who need to pick out all the addresses and last names in an 800 megabyte text dump from a gaming forum (true story).