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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Notas Badoff

It has served me well

I've written binary file dumpers and converted oil well logging floating point formats to IEEE 754 using Perl. A beautiful language that forgets to permit flexibility is useless.

Perl shows its origin as an amalgamation of tools, for the purpose of being a more useful tool. The additions to please language purists also happened to be those most useful. (catch the theme here?)

I suppose there was poetry written in hieroglyphics. And some would reject it, saying "Ick, they use ibises and cobras and cartouches on names!"

A quote I found years ago:

Finally, a note of caution. This language, like English, can be a medium for prose, or a medium for poetry. The difference between prose and poetry is not that different languages are used, but that the same language is used, differently.

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