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What's happening with Perl, the jackknife of all kitchen sinks? I still learning and still liking it. ASP.Net is too weird. PHP is so inconsistent. Don't know Java or the other silly web languages.

Started out on the HP 2000E and HPBasic, pounding away at a teletype in Keller Hall. Then it was Fortran and punch cards on the IBM 370. Soon the retail personal computer appeared, TRS-80 and Apple II. Then IBM Personal Computer, 256K memory, dual floppy drives. Now it's FreeBSD, Apache, Postgresql, and Perl. (LAMP is silly.)

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Comment by Brian P Kim on December 28, 2008 at 11:05am
Couple days ago, I telephoned the Social Security Administration. The speech recognition program had trouble with - my first name, and my last name. After the second time, I put my teeth in, and it still didn't help. Meanwhile, I had to be patient and understanding with the validation attempts.

In another vein, would you have all people speak the same? Have you never appreciated the varying lilts and rhythms of the English language from the lips of a non-native speaker? Especially when the speaker is physically attractive. Would you take that away from your "user experience"?
Comment by Wayne Hirata on June 22, 2008 at 1:02pm
All computer languages are silly. Why can't i just talk to the idiot machine? I guess that would make for a very noisy office.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on June 5, 2008 at 1:31am
Perl is great for that kind of work. No question.
Comment by Alex on June 5, 2008 at 12:53am
I have not programmed PERL since 5, but the speed it handles regular expressions and anything related to text and text modification is so far beyond comparison for anything I have worked with...really.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on June 3, 2008 at 8:17pm
Wayne: What's happening with Perl, the jackknife of all kitchen sinks?

I've always thought Perl 6 and the Parrot Virtual Machine were interesting projects, but they sure are taking a long time.

Wayne: Don't know Java or the other silly web languages.

(warning: heavily biased opinion:)
Java is actually a pretty nice general purpose language. We do a lot of Java desktop development. It is widely deployed everywhere from mobile devices to satellites.

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