25 Years of Perl

Uri Guttman uri at stemsystems.com
Sat Nov 24 02:46:35 GMT 2012

On 11/23/2012 08:30 PM, James Laver wrote:
> On 24 Nov 2012, at 00:36, Uri Guttman <uri at stemsystems.com> wrote:

>> yapc has yet to be properly copied. no one else delivers more bang for the buck and fun as well.
>> mjd invented lightning talks and they are at many confs now, not just lang ones. another perl invention with no credit given.
> How are these perl inventions? They are community inventions.

perl forms the core of the community and attracts the developers who add 
to the community. it is hard to separate them. i have told this to 
people about why i like perl and why perl has so many smart hackers. any 
community that would allow Acme:: and lauds it, has something special 
there. it stems from larry and timtowtdi and encouraging and allowing 
for creativity. humor is a part of that. i know larry fairly well and we 
all have seen his sense of humor. i met guido once at oscon and he 
seemed to have no fun even when putting a pie in dan sugalski's face. 
ask a python coder about the fun of the lang. ask them if they would 
sanction an Acme:: like name space. even the choice of Acme is funny!

our community has more fun. that is a win for perl. :)


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