SPUG: software libertarianism (was: Scope question)

dancerboy dancerboy at strangelight.com
Thu Jun 13 13:14:43 CDT 2002

At 9:38 am -0700 2002-06-13, Dan Ebert wrote:
>On Wed, 2002-06-12 at 23:35, dancerboy wrote:
>>  Java and C# are meant for large-scale applications, not one-liners.
>I hope you are not implying perl cannot be used to write large
>applications.  I have seen perl used effectively for some decent size
>(and fairly complex) programs.

I would say that there's significant overlap in what different 
languages are good for.  Java is crappy for one-liners, but great for 
medium- to large-scale applications.  Perl is great for one-liners, 
crappy for truly *large*-scale applications.  For medium-sized 
applications, Perl can be great OR crappy, depending on the skills of 
the developer(s) involved.  To paraphrase something I say on my web 
page:  Perl empowers programmers to write code in any way that they 
want.  In many cases, however, that means empowering programmers to 
write code very, very badly.


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