was so awful that one had to hold ones nose to program in it. With
MooTools and Dojo and the publication of Douglas Crockford's
a really nice language with occasional quirks. Advertisement
"Perl began life as a language for systems administration,
probably because its creator Larry Wall was a systems administrator
at the time. With the release of Perl 5, the language changed to
support more general programming - Larry was working as a general
programmer by then. This change of use has left the language with
some oddities and a syntax that has been likened to line noise.
However, if you look at the good parts (O'Reilly haven't announced
"Perl: The Good Parts", but it's a book that's crying out to be
written), there's a really nice language in there. Arguably there's
at least two. There's the language of the one-liner, the quick
throwaway program written to achieve some sysadmin related task,
and there's the more 'refined' language you use when you're writing
something that is going to end up being maintained."