[Cascavel-pm] The Lighter Side of Perl Culture (Part VI)

Nelson Ferraz nferraz em gmail.com
Segunda Abril 3 02:42:08 PDT 2006

Regrettably, Perl's many and significant contributions to the field of
development methodologies have been largely overlooked by mainstream
commentators. In particular, two brilliant and innovative
methodologies invented by the Perl community are rarely cited in the
methodology literature. Still more disturbingly, a recent survey of
the forty two leading American universities showed that not a single
one studies either of Perl's two breakthrough methodologies as part of
their undergraduate curricula.

The methodologies in question, well-known to most Perl developers, are:

    * TDD (Tolkien Driven Development). Anyone who has browsed the
Perl C sources is well aware of the boost to programmer productivity
and morale gained by beginning each source file with a carefully
chosen and inspirational Tolkien quote.
    * ADD (April-fools Driven Development). The simple and elegant
notion behind ADD is to take an April Fools' hoax and turn it into
reality. Both Parrot (April Fools Parrot) and Pugs (April Fools
Haskerl) are fine examples of this groundbreaking methodology.


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