Re: Postmodern Perl

Joe Touch (touch@ISI.EDU)
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 13:37:38 -0800 (PST)

> From Tue Mar 9 12:29:24 1999
> Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 01:13:33 -0500
> From: "Terence Sin" <>
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> To: Fork <>
> Cc: Rohit Khare <>
> Subject: Postmodern Perl
> Larry Wall gave a speech at LinuxWorld titled "Perl, the first
> postmodern computer language" ( The
> title sounds very promising, and I even agree with him that you can draw
> connections between the two in a superficial way. But the essay itself
> is basically incoherent, and he completely botched the definitions of
> postmodernism/deconstruction, the tenets on which he re-thematized the
> standard Perl duct-taping rhetoric into pomo jargons. My problem with
> the whole idea of calling Perl a pomo language is that like all computer
> languages, it is a logically coherent formal language, hardly what you'd
> call pomo.

"logically coherent formal language"??

There are enough linguistic (in the CS sense)
inconsistencies to drown a horse.

There's more similarity to a kitchen sink than a language there.