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April 6, 2007
"Larry has turned what was
a gentleman's war into
guerilla tactics. He
consistently and cleverly
(I never said he wasn't BLADES_OF_PERL
brilliant) slanders other
languages and language
encourages this behavior
in his lieutenants."
-- Steve Yegge
Where does Steve Yegge get the
notion that there's *any* sort
of "gentleman's agreement"
about pissing on the other
When I got started in this game,
"structured programming" was going to
save the world, and Edsger Dijkstra
was making pronouncements about how a
generation of programmers have had Perhaps, like most
their brains irreparably damaged by "gentlemen's" rules,
programming in "Basic". it's only intended to
protect you if you're
a member of the club.
The word in those days is
we were supposed to give up
on *ugly* languages like
Fortran and switch to Pascal.
Imagine my surprise that
Pascal was one of the worse It liked to pretend
languages ever invented. that there was no It used the first
outside world: input byte of a string
and output had to to store the length
I've long since gotten be handled by non- of the string.
over the notion that standard extensions.
there's some sort of Strings that
magic syntax out there In contrast, max out at
that will allow bug perl was 255 characters.
free, easily designed to
maintainable code to give you Useful, that.
flow from my fingertips full access
like bullshit from the to the unix
white house. underneath,
faking a unix
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