[CentOS] OT: programming language for morons (newbie friendly language in Open Source world)

Tue Dec 14 22:02:31 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 12/14/2010 3:45 PM, Kwan Lowe wrote:
> My experience is that the quicker you can get things done in a
> language, the more likely that you will find bad code examples.  I've
> seen Perl code that does a system 'ls' then counts characters in the
> string to extract the size information.

But that's probably someone who learned to code in C.  If you started 
with perl you'd almost never do character by character operations.

> Some years ago I saw a piece of code that generated code... The
> generated code would individually load every element of an array with
> a zipcode for lookups.  Yes... Rather than load the array directly,
> the code generated a perl script that, on each line, loaded a number
> into a new element of the array. The generated code was thousands of
> lines long, took an hour to start up, and needed a E250 to run. At the
> time my first thought was that the developer got paid based on the
> number of lines of code... Still can't imagine why he would take such
> an approach.

I don't think there is any explanation for that one.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com