in reply to Re: Is it still worth learning Perl as a first language?
in thread Is it still worth learning Perl as a first language?

I disagree with just about everything you say as usual and could objectively prove some false, like many of us do regularly while dozens and dozens don't bother and just downvote you. You never reply to rebuttals and seem incapable of learning or respecting the ethos of this place but this one gets a call out-

Those who love the language love it dearly, but this is true of most.

It's nonsense. Most professional programmers are not hobbyists or open source contributors. Like most human beings with jobs, they're just making a paycheck and don't love it dearly any more than CPAs or strippers love their work. There are exceptions but most coders don't give a rodent's rectum about code in their off hours. They don't contribute to cores, or submit patches, or build libraries or platforms, or engage in discussions from the esoteric to the pragmatic. Perl has come up on a couple of surveys as having the happiest users and it's not because all languages are equal whether or not they are equally Turing complete. I seem to quote this article a lot–

…the fact that good hackers prefer Python to Java should tell you something about the relative merits of those languages.

Of all the great programmers I can think of, I know of only one who would voluntarily program in Java. And of all the great programmers I can think of who don't work for Sun, on Java, I know of zero.

They may have to use Java and Windows at work, but at home, where they can choose for themselves, you're more likely to find them using Perl and Linux.Great Hackers