On Thu 17 May 2001 00:33, Nathan Torkington <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > 2) If the language is so big that you can't hold all of its
> > features in your head, then those extra features might as well not
> > exist.
> I disagree. I don't hold all of perl5 in my head. Formats? They're
> rough templates for output. Exactly how to use them, no idea. How to
Shall I give you a course in YAPC::Europe ?;-))
> use File::Find? I always read the manpage. 85% of Damian's Weird OO
> Stuff? Never used it, probably never will. How to write a source
> filter? I'll read the manpage.
> Does this mean that those features might not exist? Hell no! I like
> the things people have done with source filters, OO modules, and so
> on. Would I take those features away? Not on your nelly.
It's not only the outside, but also the inside where this happens. Look at p5p,
where *many* people share the same goal, but the individuals sometimes have no
idea of what the others are dealing with. Do you think Simon will solve locale
support for OS/2 or DG-UX? Think that Hugo will solve your NaN problems or Nick
will debug your infinite regex recursion?
When I entered p5p, I had the wish to become the next Ilya (yes sometimes we
try to reach for the stars), but p5p has pushed me towards configurations,
HP-UX and AIX, hints, formats and testing. I'm happy there! (And I'm still
wondering how the innards work)
H.Merijn Brand Amsterdam Perl Mongers (http://www.amsterdam.pm.org/)
using perl-5.6.1, 5.7.1 & 626 on HP-UX 10.20 & 11.00, AIX 4.2, AIX 4.3,
WinNT 4, Win2K pro & WinCE 2.11 often with Tk800.022 &/| DBD-Unify