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Larry Wall


Programmer, best known as the creator of the Perl programming language.
Larry Wall
In general, they do what you want, unless you want consistency.
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Perl programming is an *empirical* science!
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Oh, get ahold of yourself. Nobody's proposing that we parse English.




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Sorry. My testing organization is either too small, or too large, depending on how you look at it.  :-)
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The Golden Gate wasn't our fault either, but we still put a bridge across it.
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I think $[ is more like a coelacanth than a mastadon.
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Help save the world!
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I don't believe I've ever cuddled my elses.
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Any false value is gonna be fairly boring in Perl, mathematicians notwithstanding.
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P.S. Perl's master plan (or what passes for one) is to take over the world like English did. Er, *as* English did...
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Perl did not get where it is by ignoring psychological factors.




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At many levels, Perl is a 'diagonal' language.
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We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.
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And I don't like doing silly things (except on purpose).
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If you remove stricture from a large Perl program currently, you're just installing delayed bugs, whereas with this feature, you're installing an instant bug that's easily fixed. Whoopee.
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The only reason I've managed to run this open source project, is that I have learned to delegate even the delegation to other people. (final words of the video)
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Would you trust the linguistic intuitions of someone who has been studying Latin or Greek for three days?
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There are probably better ways to do that, but it would make the parser more complex. I do, occasionally, struggle feebly against complexity...  :-)
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I simultaneously believe that languages are wonderful and awful. You have to hold both of those. Ugly things can be beautiful. And beautiful can get ugly very fast. You know, take Lisp. You know, it's the most beautiful language in the world. At least up until Haskell came along. (laughter) But, you know, every program in Lisp is just ugly. I don't figure how that works.
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There's really no way to fix this and still keep Perl pathologically eclectic.


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