25 Years of Perl

Abigail abigail at abigail.be
Tue Nov 20 14:46:21 GMT 2012

On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 06:10:42AM -0800, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:
> >>>>> "Andrew" == Andrew Savige <ajsavige at yahoo.com.au> writes:
> Andrew> An amusing anecdote from the very early days that illustrates how
> Andrew> Perl attracted some of its early users is that merlyn relentlessly
> Andrew> answered requests for Unix sed, awk, and shell help with snippets
> Andrew> of *Perl* code. Indeed, he did this so often that posters began
> Andrew> inserting "No Perl please" in their posts! As you might expect,
> Andrew> that served only to increase the volume of Perl snippet
> Andrew> responses.
> Those were good times. :)

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