[Israel.pm] Essay: The Joy of Perl

Scott Weisman sweisman at pobox.com
Thu Feb 12 04:22:01 PST 2004

I know the statement was tongue-in-cheek, but I couldn't help but respond.

> What about Cobol? Surely it's got a lot of natural statements in it?  Add,
> subtract from etc. :-)

COBOL (as an acronym, it is properly capitalized) may be verbose, but that
doesn't mean it is inspired by linguistic principles. Perl, on the other hand,
is *organic* in that, yes, There's More Than One Way To Do It. It, like a
living language, is free-flowing and evolving, and can be modified to suit
specific needs.


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