in reply to Styles of programming and How We Think
I liken it to the toys we had as kids, like the difference between "block toys" and "clay". Some languages are like the block toys, predefined, clean, and easy to do the right thing. Our mothers(bosses) liked them, because they were'nt messy, and were predictable,safe, and you couldn't choke on them. You could produce with them, the same generic looking shapes all the other "drone-workers-to-be" created.
Clay, on the other hand, was messy, unpredictable, and you could choke on it. But it let you make whatever you wanted. Some could produce unique masterpieces with clay, and others nothing but junk. Mothers didn't like it.
I want clay, complete freedom, and Perl.
I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh