[sf-perl] Perl search engine

Joe Brenner doom at kzsu.stanford.edu
Thu Jul 22 12:54:05 PDT 2010

Paul Makepeace <Paul.Makepeace at realprogrammers.com> wrote:

> It comes down to complexity - perl is just waaay more complicated than
> python.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I'm inclined to agree with our unindicted
co-founder on this point.

> Assuming you have to spin up a developer on one scripting language
> (and one because you want standardization of languages), you want the
> one that'll take the least amount of time and still be able to tackle
> a wide problem domain.

So, is the trouble supposed to be that google was hiring a bunch of
dummies who can't possibly deal with perl?

The reason I bring this up is that the way these arguments go, people
switch back and forth between insisting that you need to accomodate
the slow witted, and insisting that programmers need to challenge
themselves in order to grow.

For example, you're supposed to go through a lot of work to learn
multiple languages to gain exposure to different ways of doing
things, but you're not supposed to use perl because it has too many
ways of doing things and you need to work too hard to learn how to
use it.

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