[sf-perl] Perl search engine

Matthew Lanier matt at lanier.org
Thu Jul 22 11:11:43 PDT 2010

the silent co-founder speaks!


On Thu, 22 Jul 2010, David Lowe wrote:

> Paul, sfpug folks -
> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM, Paul Makepeace
> <Paul.Makepeace at realprogrammers.com> wrote:
>> It comes down to complexity - perl is just waaay more complicated than
>> python.
> I disagree -- quite strongly -- that perl is inherently more
> complicated than python. But I doubt that can be objectively discussed
> ;)
> I mostly think it's an irrelevant argument. Here's the thing: all
> software is complicated, and managing complexity is a huge part of
> professional programming. But in my experience, the people who think
> that the inherent language complexity is the biggest source of their
> project's complexity are actually domain experts who simply can't
> *SEE* the complexity of the rest of the system.
> IMO: language choice isn't much more important than whitespace vs.
> tabs, in terms of the complexity of a substantial piece of software
> (barring cases where a language is egregiously unsuited to the problem
> domain...)
> Thanks,
> David Lowe
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