Saturday Perl Link Dump

It’s Christmas weekend, so I’m allowed to give myself a little something. In this case, I’m eschewing the normal link dumps and concentrating on the greatest computer language of all time, Perl. I know I just lost 90% of you, and for that I’m sorry. For the rest of us — whoo-hoo!

If I didn’t lose you already, here’s something funny from the Perl documentation, about the creator of the language, Larry Wall:

1. Larry is always by definition right about how Perl should behave. This means he has final veto power on the core functionality. 2. Larry is allowed to change his mind about any matter at a later date, regardless of whether he previously invoked Rule 1.

Got that? Larry is always right, even when he was wrong. 

3 thoughts on “Saturday Perl Link Dump

  1. Thanks for stopping by my humble little blog, Randal! I’m in the middle of re-reading your “Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules” at the moment, preparing for a little coding on the side for fun I want to do. While occasionally I go all cross-eyed thinking about curly braces, parentheses, and anonymous references, it’s very helpful and the best way to learn this stuff I’ve ever come across.

    It’s my goal in life to never have to become a Java programmer to maintain my computer programming career. ;-)

  2. Perl over Lisp? I think not. I’ll spare you my long rant on how Lisp lost the language wars of the 80s, although I’ll toss in a pointer to Richard Gabriel’s “Worse Is Better” paper which sums up the general principles (although it’s more aimed at how Unix won out)

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