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Perl.com: Why I Hate Advocacy

Dec 14, 2000, 20:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark-Jason Dominus)

"I think programming language advocacy is a big problem, not just for the Perl community, but for the larger programming community...."

"I think this same thing has happened to programming language discussions. Advocacy has become so natural to us that we forget there is any other way to discuss programming languages. Even if we don't forget, other people can't understand us because they hear advocacy whether we want them to or not...."

"I got mail a couple of days ago from Jasmine Merced-Ownby, who runs the Perl Archive web site. Part of the site had been implemented with PHP, and she was getting letters from people who were concerned that this 'made Perl look bad'."

"I guess an implicit admission that Perl might not be the very best tool for every possible job could be construed as making Perl look bad, but it seems like an awfully peculiar response, unless you imagine Perl and PHP engaged in a war from which there can be only one victor, and unless you think that if PHP is good for something, anything at all, then Perl must be bad."

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