That last toot apparently made several people unfollow me 🤔
Is it that you people love Perl that much or that you hate it so much, you can't even stand seeing it in a toot? 😂😂😂
Yeah yeah, I get it, it probably just looked like literal garbage to most people... OH.
@fribbledom Also isn't screenreader friendly, so
@fribbledom In this time and cultural context, i wouldn't discard someone thought perl code is either offensive or a shitpost lol
@fribbledom I'm a perl5 guy, I'd *never* program anything quite so ugly! My perl code actually looks like it came from some C guy--because it did. :) But seriously, unless one is using an ancient assembler or something as awful, unreadable code is the programmer's fault, not the language's.
@fribbledom Wait how are you figuring out that people are unfollowing you? Back when I used Twitter I had to use some asshole’s web app for that, and it’d just compare lists from day to day.
I'm not tracking (nor am interested in) who's unfollowing me, I just saw my follower-count on my profile drop.
Maybe some anti spam bots detect code as malicious or something? Or that you were hacked?
@fribbledom possibly if you had used "when perl is your hammer" as a CW, it might have saved some eyes. X,x
@fribbledom Any sufficiently advanced Perl script is indistinguishable from line noise.
You crashed the bots.
@fribbledom Now try APL. =:)
i was thinking of running it
(as a former perl programmer)
but perl is toxic to many
(TMTOWTDI is a great thought to keep in mind as you experience ups and downs of being alive; but not so helpful for writing maintainable code)
the instant python was mostly ubiquitous on the platforms i had to support, i jumped immediately.
readability is so much more important, especially if you're not working alone, ESPECIALLY if you tend to forget how your own code works!
i think it's best for art projects in which the programming skills of participant[s] are not so well developed. perl lets you conceive of a problem however you might want to, and will (generally) figure out a way to run the code despite (let's call it) "inefficient design" ...
doesn't scale but a good sandbox
also, the dream of a programming language like a spoken language (TMTOWTDI) turned out to be a chimera (but we wouldn't have known it unless we tried) ...
@fribbledom I loved them. Thanks for the laughs. 😀
I like to see IOCCC's prog.c masterpieces, so this is very sweet.
About Perl, I've found it is an incredible and useful piece of art. But it's too powerful for my knowledge to make a good and risk free use of it.
Maybe it's just fear. Some times it prevents plunging the rabbit hole. I'm pretty fine with bc, sed and awk in very small shell work, python for handling configuration objects and iterative generators and make for wiring the big start button of the chores. I feel each specific power has its specific role in it's specific perimeter. I like it.
@fribbledom i respect anyone dedicated enough to read or write perl. truly they walk tall among us
@fribbledom If it doesn't look like line noise, it isn't Perl.
@fribbledom I do love Perl but I haven't decrypted it yet :) btw the same with awk would be also appropriate :)
@fribbledom Maybe they were disappointed that it didn't actually compile/run in their environment? ;) [After reading it, I tried it in a few online Perl sites just for fun and it ran in one, sorta-ran in another, and failed completely in a third.]
@fribbledom but this toot will make more people follow you! 😀
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