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Stuff makes me tired [Aug. 12th, 2009|08:24 pm]
I am taking a class on Advanced Perl this week.

It's good. I'm learning new stuff, and getting some stuff I sorta knew down a lot better. There's a bunch of stuff that I already know, or that I get after the first half of the explanation, which is good, because I can use that time to catch up on all the email and suchlike that's not slowing down while I'm out of the office.

I am freakin' exhausted.

Partly I have this horrible cold that is receding, but still hosing my voice. And all the computers in the classroom make mind-deadening noise. And of course today I had to go in early to take the Jetta in to the dealer, because the fuel door wouldn't open, and it was down to 1/4 tank of gas. Which is, y'know, a minor thing, but you really can't not fix it. (Happily, they were able to fit it in, because they are awesome.)

And, well, last night was Games Night at Chris's, so we played Tales of the Arabian Nights until midnight. It's a kind of multi-player boardgame Choose Your Own Adventure. It was fun, though we really didn't come at all close to finishing.

So it's not really unreasonable that I'm tired.

But yeah. I am.

[User Picture]From: backrubbear
2009-08-13 02:17 pm (UTC)
Good grief - people still *want* to use perl?

Ok. I'll admit that it gets the job done, quickly. They just can't leave the damned language alone.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-08-13 04:32 pm (UTC)
Well said. That's pretty much exactly how I feel.
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[User Picture]From: backrubbear
2009-09-02 12:04 pm (UTC)
Python's indentation blows. However, it accomplishes exactly what they set out to do - it enforces style.

They can burn for that.

I've worked on perl programs that, libraries included, were over 40k lines. The only reason it was moderately sane is that the bits that were authored after perl 4 tended to resemble C as far as style went.

Perl is simply too flexible to work on for any large sized program without a strong style being enforced throughout the project.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-09-02 03:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's just Perl; I think there's a size threshold where you start to need a serious commitment to uniformity and regularity regardless of the language you're using -- heck, even in language-less areas like the structuring of data and organization of files.

More flexible languages simply require the programmer to deal with the issue more consciously.
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[User Picture]From: musikub
2009-08-13 04:04 pm (UTC)
Was good to see you last night. I owe you many hugs and such once we're both over these colds and such.
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