Random Perl ... rant
paulm at paulm.com
Thu Apr 3 14:37:56 BST 2008
On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 2:01 PM, Jonathan Rockway <jon at jrock.us> wrote:
> * On Thu, Apr 03 2008, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Jonathan Rockway <jon at jrock.us> wrote:
> >> Anyway, the point of this rant is that IDEs are necessary for Java
> >> because the language requires you to offload every detail of the code to
> >> the source file. Perl lets you keep that information in your brain.
> > Yeah but I don't want to keep a load of information about programming
> > in my brain, I want the computer to hold stuff in _its_ brain. It's
> > just better at it.
> No it's not. The things that a computer can keep track of for you are
> trivialities that you should never have to think about.
Yeah, like sigils to tell the computer what type it is? :-)
> Programming is hard because it involves constant creativity, thinking,
> and planning. Computers can't be creative, can't think, and can't plan.
> If your programming projects are tedious and don't require creativity,
> you are doing something wrong. Instead of patching over your
> incompetence with buttons you can click to get docs, you should learn
> how to program instead.
Jeez, having a conversation here could be interesting but your general
tone I can't help finding somewhat overbearing and arrogant. It's
definitely not this list's flavour.
> > Having a perl runtime co-existing with an IDE that does a 90%ile job
> > of autocompleting method & class names, provides high speed access to
> > docs, and so on would be a big win, IMO.
> You've just described PerlySense.
Thanks, I'll take a look when it's vim'ed.
> > If you think typing a class name into search.cpan.org is a "high speed
> > access to docs" you haven't used an IDE.
> Nobody said this.
> Jonathan Rockway
> print just => another => perl => hacker => if $,=$"
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