Thoughts on Perl6

Alan Young alansyoungiii at
Sun Aug 14 00:06:02 MDT 2005

*shrug* It doesn't have to be in a foreign font.  It's easy enough to
hide malicious code in Perl5.  It can even be encrypted in an innocent
looking comment and the decrypt routine hidden in an innocent looking

I am aware of no programming language that allows people to code in
their own language, excepting english.  This will allow that to

Not only that, but you can create operators and use the proper symbols
for formula in (almost?) any domain needed.  You can have a
non-programmer statistician look at your formula and debug it for you
without you having to explain anything.  As well as saving code.

There is always going to be security risks.  With everything.  The
only secure system is one not plugged in to the wall and the
programmer(s) shot.

It doesn't matter what programming language your outsource people are
programming in, if the project is more than one file of a couple of
subroutines you'd have to spend as much time vetting the code as it
would have taken to develop it yourself.  If you don't have a basis of
trust with your outsource then it's pointless anyway.

On 8/12/05, Steve <smorrey at> wrote:
> I'm sorry I should have been clearer...
> Maybe this is bigotry on my part, but at least for non-european 
> languages i.e. Those who use a non-latin based font, I believe that it 
> will be easy for someone of a nefarious bent to hide a damaging line of 
> code simply by creating it and naming it something to which only the 
> local dialect of a particular language would understand, thereby causing 
> major debugging headaches.
> Also many things simply have NO translation, and so I fear that when I 
> get code from these coders who may be doing so in thier native language 
> it will be just as hard to understand the flow, maybe even harder... 
> Than if I had just taken and decompiled the bytecode by hand, for 
> instance please look at DJ's Java Decompiler to see what I am reffering to.
> Oh well, no one is forcing me to use Perl6... yet ;)
> Alan Young wrote:
> >On 8/12/05, Steve <smorrey at> wrote:
> >  
> >
> >>I don't know about you, but I don't relish the thought of having to
> >>debug code written in a language like Sinhalese.
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >It's easy enough to convert the variables to a known language.  What I
> >like is being able to create your own operators in unicode ...
> >
> >  
> >
> >>Also I think that makes it too easy for someone to obscure a damaging
> >>line of code simply by switching to a unicode font and hence making it
> >>unreadable to 90% of the people who may be debugging it.
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >There's no switching ... the code will have to be edited in a unicode
> >aware editor for anything other than local stuff.  I can't wait to see
> >what get's uploaded to the CPAN ...
> >  
> >
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