25 Years of Perl

DAVID HODGKINSON davehodg at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 20:42:06 GMT 2012

On 20 Nov 2012, at 16:30, Abigail <abigail at abigail.be> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:22:14AM -0500, Uri Guttman wrote:
>> On 11/20/2012 11:00 AM, Dave Cross wrote:
>>> Quoting Uri Guttman <uri at stemsystems.com>:
>>>> in that vein you should also mention matt's scripts. evil code but
>>>> they helped perl gain massive numbers of users. many were kiddies but
>>>> some actually learned perl.
>>> Yes. I'm well aware of the effects of Matt's scripts. In fact I think I
>>> may have already mentioned that in this very discussion.
>> you did but i didn't see that before i posted. the number of posts about  
>> matt's crap on usenet was enormous. it took the community way too long  
>> to rewrite them in clean safe code. that archive is now also forgotten  
>> as no one seems to mention them in the age of modern perl and such.
> That's because the community missed something that the overwhelming 
> majority still seems to miss: easy deployment of ready to use applications.
> Matt got that part right.

As did PHP. And the rest is history.

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