Gentlemen, a call to arms!

David Cantrell david at
Wed Oct 18 11:57:11 BST 2006

On Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 11:46:20AM -0500, Jonathan Rockway wrote:
> > Another part of the problem is that one man's cool stuff is another's
> > workaday yawn.  Rails and Catalyst are about as interesting to me as
> > watching paint dry.
> So what is exciting to you?

A close cricket match.  A good book.  Gigs.  Mucking about on boats.

There's very little that *excites* me technically.  Things that
*interest* me are problems to do with parsing real-world data, and
manipulating the results to produce unexpected results.

> I'm excited about Catalyst because a lot of people are writing web
> applications these days.

Meh.  The web is just another front-end.  It's a LAZY front-end.  Lazy
for the programmer, that is, but a pain in the arse for the user who
would in an awful lot of cases be better served by wx or curses.

> But anyway, if these people choose perl as their web application
> platform of choice, it means that there are going to be a lot of
> contributions back to the perl community.  More perl mongers == more
> fun!  That's why Catalyst excites me.

You have a point there, although if I could summon up the enthusiasm
that would make me excited about DBI or Text::Balanced instead of

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