Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I miss Perl...

I've been going through my old books and came upon a stash of Perl tomes.  I had a love/hate relationship with Perl. I wrote AFT in Perl, but have not used it as my language of choice in (almost) a decade.

Stumbling across these books got me wondering: Where have all the Perl hackers gone?

Well, I can't say where they have all gone (Ruby? Python? Retirement?), but I miss the funky vibe that Perl had in it's day.  Perl was messy, but the language attracted the most interesting people.  I've always seen it to be the language of poets (as opposed to engineers).  Perl people loved wordplay. Perl people weren't just interested in producing interesting apps, but also making the app source code look interesting.

Well, Perl isn't gone. Apparently, strides have been made in Perl 6 and Rakudo is available for playing around with a lot of Perl 6 features.

But, will the hackers come?

I am reminded of a quote from Ratatouille (Colette introducing the kitchen staff to Linguine):
 "... So you see: We are Artists. Pirates. More than cooks are we."

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