[sf-perl] perl on a mac ...

David Alban extasia at extasia.org
Fri Nov 21 23:59:14 PST 2008

could PERL possibly stand for Petty Episode Routed to the List?  or
maybe Please Expunge Related Lectures?  or maybe Preachy Entity Ranted
Loudly?  it could stand for all manner of things.  i'm not sure.  no.
i think it stands for Damn--After Years on the List I Finally Took the
Troll Bait.  sorry.  i'll do better next time.  i promise.

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 10:34 PM, Jared Rhine <jared at wordzoo.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-11-20 at 00:01 -0800, Darin Fisher wrote:
>> ...effort to keep PERL in the forefront...
> "PERL" (all upppercase) is an error.  Repent!
> --- Question 12 of perlfaq1 ---
> What's the difference between "perl" and "Perl"?
> One bit. Oh, you weren't talking ASCII? :-) Larry now uses "Perl" to
> signify the language proper and "perl" the implementation of it, i.e.
> the current interpreter. Hence Tom's quip that "Nothing but perl can
> parse Perl."
> Before the first edition of Programming perl, people commonly referred
> to the language as "perl", and its name appeared that way in the title
> because it referred to the interpreter. In the book, Randal Schwartz
> capitalised the language's name to make it stand out better when
> typeset. This convention was adopted by the community, and the second
> edition became Programming Perl, using the capitalized version of the
> name to refer to the language.
> You may or may not choose to follow this usage. For example, parallelism
> means "awk and perl" and "Python and Perl" look good, while "awk and
> Perl" and "Python and perl" do not. But never write "PERL", because perl
> is not an acronym, apocryphal folklore and post-facto expansions
> notwithstanding.
> -------
> Keeping within the "rant" spirit that started this thread, for $DEITY
> sake, if you are applying for a job in a technology, try to spell that
> technology properly.  I've passed over many a resume based on people
> listing "PERL" expertise.  I hope to find refuge from that travesty here
> with the perl mongers...

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