I want to see people using Perl to glue things together creatively, not just technically but also socially.
The only disadvantage I see is that it would force everyone to get Perl. Horrors.larry wall
The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. (On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl.)
The ultimate laziness is not using Perl. That saves you so much work you wouldn't believe it if you had never tried it.erik naggum
I have actually programmed a fair bit in Perl, like I have C++ code published with my name on it. Other things I have tried and have no intention to do again if I can at all avoid it include smoking, getting drunk enough to puke and waste the whole next day with hang-over, breaking a leg in a violent car crash, getting mugged in New York City, or travel with Aeroflot.erik naggum
What I actually admire in Perl is its ability to provide a very successful abstraction of the horrible mess that is collectively called Unix.erik naggum
In general, if you think something isn't in Perl , try it out, because it usually is.larry wall
Perl itself is usually pretty good about telling you what you shouldn't do.larry wall
There are many times when you want it to ignore the rest of the string just like atof() does. Oddly enough, Perl calls atof(). How convenient.larry wall
:;: But for some things, Perl just isn't the optimal choice. (yet)larry wall
So far we've managed to avoid turning Perl into APL.larry wall
Of course, I reserve the right to make wholly stupid changes to Perl if I think they improve the language.larry wall
The whole intent of Perl 5's module system was to encourage the growth of Perl culture rather than the Perl core.larry wall
But the possibility of abuse may be a good reason for leaving capabilities out of other computer languages, it's not a good reason for leaving capabilities out of Perl .larry wall
If you remove stricture from a large Perl program currently, you're just installing delayed bugs, whereas with this feature, you're installing an instant bug that's easily fixed. Whoopee.larry wall
It's certainly easy to calculate the average attendance for Perl conferences.larry wall
Historically Tcl has always stored all intermediate results as strings. (With 8.0 they're rethinking that. Of course, Perl rethought that from the start.)larry wall
Perl should remain fast and intuitive (to the extent that it is:;:-)larry wall
I'm reminded of the day my daughter came in, looked over my shoulder at some Perl 4 code, and said, 'What is that, swearing?larry wall
:;: I could understand principles of Perl source in 2-3 days [. . .] Gee, it took me about eleven years.larry wall
[Boxed] Multiple bouncing balls in a box are a metaphor for community. Notice how the escaping balls explode. This is what happens to people who move from Perl to Ruby .larry wall
There's really no way to fix this and still keep Perl pathologically eclectic.larry wall
Haskell is faster than C++, more concise than Perl , more regular than Python , more flexible than Ruby , more typeful than C#, more robust than Java , and has absolutely nothing in common with PHP.
The Largest Disservice to LISP is most frequently done whenever a LISP advocate opens his/her mouth. LISP advocates have been, in my limited and biased experience, some of the most arrogant and condescending bastards in the world. (…) I have heard more than one LISP advocate state such subjective comments as, "LISP is the most powerful and elegant programming language in the world" and expect such comments to be taken as objective truth. I have never heard a Java , C++, C, Perl , or Python advocate make the same claim about their own language of choice.
Haskell is faster than C++, more concise than Perl, more regular than Python , more flexible than Ruby , more typeful than C#, more robust than Java , and has absolutely nothing in common with PHP.
Although the Perl Slogan is There's More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something.
A Perl script is "correct" if it gets the job done before your boss fires you.
I know it's weird, but it does make it easier to write poetry in Perl .larry wall