Interesting Quote

Jonathan Ellis jonathan at
Fri Aug 12 10:42:11 MDT 2005

On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 10:36:54 -0600, "Hans Fugal" <hans at> said:
> On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 at 09:33 -0700, Jonathan Ellis wrote:
> > On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 10:28:55 -0600, "Hans Fugal" <hans at> said:
> > > I wouldn't go so far, in any case, as to say that TMTOWTDI has been
> > > conclusively proven to be a Bad Thing.
> > 
> > Yeah, but you're a sysadmin. :)
> Who happens to have a BS in CS and is headed for grad school in CS.

So you're a sysadmin, and an academic. :P

> > The only difference between good code and bad code is exactly "what it
> > looks like inside."  Perl5 makes it easy to write bad code and from what
> > I've seen of perl6 that won't change.
> Yeah, but you're a programmer. ;-) The real world mostly cares about
> what your program DOES. If perl programmers prduce a good volume of
> working quality programs, perl can't be all bad. Not conclusively proven
> bad, anyway.

Let me guess: you've never had to maintain a few thousand lines of
someone else's Perl.


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