Duct Tape Quotation

Uri Guttman uri at stemsystems.com
Tue Nov 20 01:02:05 GMT 2012

On 11/19/2012 06:03 PM, andrew-perl08 at mail.black1.org.uk wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 09:58:51PM +0000, Tom Hukins wrote:
>> Perl was once described as "the duct tape that hold the Internet
>> together".  As I recall this phrase comes from the webmaster of
> Tried looking in the OED and that doesnt shed any light.
> But following amused me
>      1995   Economist 1 July    The..servers that make up the most
>      popular part of the Internet are often written in Perl, and
>      virtually all Web-based information exchanges are handled with the language.

that is bizarre. they must be conflating cgi/perl apps with the web 
servers themselves. and no way did 100% of the web exchange run on perl. 
i can't guess percentage but c was in heavy use for crawlers and such. 
but this is not a quote from a technical source so it can be just 
amusing anyway.


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