Tag Archives: perl

Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine by Damian Conway

Watch in horror as Damian writes a Perl program to extract square roots using nothing but quantum mechanics, general relativity, and the very fabric of the space-time continuum. Along the way we’ll also investigate: Wittgenstein’s dark secret; the diminishing returns of physical computation; Roman philosophy; when Super Science Adventures go wrong; the greatest Lego kit of all time; the secret identity of Sith; carbon logic vs silicon logic; the giants of 1930’s physics; elementary spin-half quanta under relativistic motion; CAT scans; Will Smith; bongos; drunken bets involving penguins; algorithmic consistency; God’s dice and the problem of free will; intrinsic self-inconsistency; the many worlds outside Copenhagen; and the inventor of stage diving.

Hilarious and educating presentation that demonstrates that Perl is no less crazy (and amazing) than quantum physics.

JavaScript is the new Perl

Still don’t believe that JavaScript is the new Perl? jQuery and NodeJS modules, likened to a very distributed collection of Perl modules, are the glue that holds together the JavaScript ecosystem, provides browser compatibility, and it admittedly does a pretty good job; however, sooner or later, the lack of language constructs like truly enforceable namespace boundaries, and the general mess created when teams get a little bit bigger is going to set in. This is seen over and over as the new wave of developers comes into corporate life: Larger companies try out new technologies all the time, then decide it’s costing measurably, and switch back to a stack that is resilient enough to withstand sloppy code.
more on ocpsoft.org

Luckily I don’t have to worry about the mythical “enterprise” beast anymore. While JavaScript is sure to evolve and I am in fact looking forward to features similar to introduced by TypeScript, I don’t see it being replaced by something like Java anytime soon. That would be a regression.

Desperate Perl Hacker

I remember with a certain vindictive glee the doomed pathetic thrashing of the follow-on project; someone with Enterprise Experience decided that my pathetic amateurish Perl crawler should be replaced by a properly-architected Java version.
more on tbray.org

Perl is the language Web owns a lot to. It was a also the first programming language I’ve learned. Tim Bray reminds us which, now obvious, concepts were introduced by Perl.