Re: Postmodern Perl
Joe Touch (touch@ISI.EDU)
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 13:37:38 -0800 (PST)
> From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Mar 9 12:29:24 1999
> Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 01:13:33 -0500
> From: "Terence Sin" <email@example.com>
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> To: Fork <fork@xent.ICS.uci.edu>
> Cc: Rohit Khare <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Postmodern Perl
> Larry Wall gave a speech at LinuxWorld titled "Perl, the first
> postmodern computer language" (http://www.wall.org/~larry/pm.html). 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.