David Cantrell david at
Fri May 11 11:17:11 BST 2007

On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 10:02:47AM +0100, Pete Sergeant wrote:
> On Wed, May 09, 2007 at 03:41:17PM +0100, Nigel Rantor wrote:
> > So, we tag team interviews, one of my colleagues questions is
> > basically a stack vs heap questino to figure out if they understand
> > where stuff goes.
> Why would a Perl programmer be familiar with the concepts of 'stack' and
> 'heap'? You could come up with some slightly-off analogy involving
> scope, but stil...

Someone who only knows perl is going to be a poor programmer, and
knowing at least *some* C helps a lot.  However, there are plenty of
tolerable C programmers who don't know about stack vs heap.  They don't
need to know, that's the whole point of a compiler, it hides all that
mess from the user.

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