Re: "Perl is the duct tape of the Internet" and other musings

Roy T. Fielding (
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 23:07:56 -0700

>Perl is fun because it gives you the chance to be all-out hacking, to
>write relaly ugly messy code that's elegant and beautiful. There's no
>such thing as a properly architected, easily maintainable Perl

Except for my perl code. Take a gander at MOMspider some time.
The only hard thing about properly architecting perl4 code was the
lack of records and pointers to records, thus making complex arrays
a little awkward.

Most sucky perl code is simply due to commonly-referenced examples of
perl code being sucky. New perl programmers are immediately given
bad habits.