Perl class at the JC

George Woolley george at
Tue Jan 6 15:54:32 CST 2004

I somehow had missed the emergence of PERL.
Memo to self:  bad on me. try to pay attention. 
Memo to self:  start to use the Inline::PERL module.

It is in the interest of encouraging this new (?) technology
that I make the following proposals:

Whereas, when it comes right down to it,
no warnings or strictures are really really necessary,
and whereas positive reinforcement is often effective,
and whereas negative reinforcement is mostly a waste of time anyway,
I therefore propose that:

(1) All warnings and strictures be permanently removed from PERL.
(2) PERL generate the message "Hello World!" 
whenever it is hopelessly confused 
and/or can't think of anything nice to say.

(a) Those who favor warnings 
can always interpret "Hello World!" as ominous,
which now that I think of it ...
(b) Those who favor strictures 
might best turn to such scriptures as
"Perl, the first postmodern computer language"
[See   ]  
Or how about any of the scriptures Larry Wall lists 
under Culture on his PERL page.
[See   ]
Or perhaps someone knows
of some specifically PERL scriptures.
(c) Who knows what wondrous programs will be created
by PERL programmers given such positive reinforcement?!
(d) I am not set on the content of the message 
as long as it's normal interpretation is positive.
For example, any of the six scriptures 
that Larry Wall lists under Culture on his Perl page
seem to meet my criteria,
though some may consider them a tad long.
(e) It has been suggested that the song "Alice's Restaurant"
be used as the message.
While I personally like the song,
I think threats by listener sposored radio stations to play it
if short term goals are not met,
make it an inappropriate choice.
(f) One argument in favor of "Hello World!" as the message
is that new PERL programmers
writing the hello world program as their first program
would be more likely to succeed.

Long live PERL.

George of and

On Monday 05 January 2004 2:51 pm, Kevin Bingham wrote:
> <snip>
> PERL is a programming language for writing CGI applications. It's main
> strength is that it doesn't have any unnecessary warnings or strictures. It
> is a direct descendent of Perl, a programming language which was used
> mainly by programmers. However, the original language required too much
> reading and thinking and so PERL was developed as a language which was more
> in tune with the requirements of the Internet age.
> </snip>
> -Kevin
> At 02:36 PM 1/5/2004 -0800, Tom Anderson (Thomas H) wrote:
> >Perhaps he intends to use the Inline::PERL module.
> >
> >Check out
> >
> >
> >"It should work perfectly the first time" -toma
> >
> >-Tom
> >
> >Gene Boggs wrote:
> > > > CIS 54.31  Perl & CGI
> > > > 6675    T        6:00pm- 8:00pm         KIRKPATRICK
> > > >
> > > > Description:    An introduction to PERL (program extraction report
> > > > language) which is used to create common gateway interface (CGI)
> > > > scripts for use in Internet web sites. Emphasis will be placed on
> > > > theory as it relates to practice. Students will create original Perl
> > > > scripts from the Internet which they will revise. Lab emphasis will
> > > > be placed on incorporating the Perl scripts into an existing web
> > > > site.  (Credit course for grade or CR/NC)
> > >
> > > A couple problems here:
> > >
> > > 1) PERL is not written in ALL CAPS because..
> > >
> > > 2) is not an acronym and hasn't been quite a few years now.
> > >
> > > 3) Also that is the wrong acronym anyway.  It's actually "Practical
> > > extraction and reporting language".
> > >
> > > This makes me wonder about the quality of such a course when the
> > > description is not even close with respect to such simple little
> > > things.
> > >
> > > -Gene Boggs
> > > Software engineer and pedantic Bastard

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