This week we’re going to get a bit whimsical and explore something a bit more fun. If you ever had the chance to attend one of the many Perl events and conferences that occur every year, you might have met a man with a moustache, a cowboy hat and a colourful shirt. He looks something like this:
He’s the creator of the programming language you use and also a prolific quote creator. Here’s some of his work.
A "111% of crap is everything."
B “Any computer scientist who praises orthogonality should be sentenced to use an Etch-a-Sketch.”
C “Perl is such a great deal because a lot of people have worked a great deal on it.”
D “It's better that Perl be hated by those who don't know the language than by those who do.”
E “What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?”
F "I can only bend the rules so much before it starts looking like I'm breaking the rules."
G "Yes, you can think of almost everything as a function, but this may upset your wife."
H "Real programmers can write assembly code in any language."
I “A psychotic thinks that 2 + 2 = 5. A neurotic knows that 2 + 2 = 4, but it makes him nervous.”
J “I do quarrel with logic that says, `Stupid people are associated with X, therefore X is stupid.' Stupid people are associated with everything."
K "Some people think abstraction makes things easier, while others think it makes things harder. It depends on whether you like to think about things."
L "The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma."
M "It's okay to be wrong temporarily."
N “ Let us be charitable, and call it a misleading feature””
O “One thing I do understand is that people get scared when I start thinking out loud.”
P To Perl, or not to Perl, that is the kvetching
We don’t have any more letters, so we’re going to stop here, at P from Perl. Total coincidence by the way.Tweet