[Melbourne-pm] just my opinion

amuhrer adrian.muhrer at rea-group.com
Wed Sep 17 17:37:53 PDT 2008

well obviously the people on this list are all (most :) pretty keen on perl
I mean its my favorite language, but I don't consider it a good first language for most people

I have mentored a few first-time programmer in perl and John's reaction is pretty common
the informality and flexibilty that most of us love is exactly what frightens most noobs

you just get your head around doing something one way but the next bit of code
you read does the same thing a completely different way

for isn't only used for looping, sigils change with the context, some operators silently quote things
and turn undef into 'undef', hashes, arrays and lists can be shifted around from one to the other
the list goes on

perl is a great second or third language to learn, but its a scary first language

On Thursday 18 September 2008 09:12:10 John Thornton wrote:
>       Look, it wasn't a troll thing. Rather, it is the thing that people
> have different thinking styles. I need to have rules and stuff so I am not
> suited to Perl. Java, Python etc are more my go.
>       John 
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