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People are losing confidence, and became more and more nervous without them knowing. To cover the nervousness, they started to attack with no good reason, only the feeling of being attacked.

Recently there were two interesting meditation revealed this interesting psychological issue to me.

  • The first one was started with an article posted somewhere else saying that perl's regexp was slower than Java's. Then a full scale count-attack was launched here. I first thought that it was a serious article about performance, but I read the original post, and found out that that was simply one test case with one regexp. The orginal author never actually seriously claimed that as a performance testing, but rather a statement made under excitement "Oh, wow, Perl's regexp is slower.". Every sane people knew that that was not meant to be a serious discussion of regexp performance, so there was clearly no reason to start feeling being bothered.

    However when that innocent short post was introduced on this site, it quickly boiled the pot. The discussion became totally out of context. Remind you one thing, Java has recently went through a total rewrite of its (File) IO, with one goal in mind - performance. Look at the orginal test case, it involved reading hugh files and matching each line with one regexp. teh first question any sane people would ask is, whether that performance difference was caused by the recently improved Java IO. That will be a good start point of investigation, not to bring in f***ing excuses like "oh, there was a bug in Perl, perl fixed it, but with java's short history, i cannot believe it was fixed." Come on, give me a break, what kind of logic is this? Are you saying that Java has to repeat the bugs Perl had, especailly with open source? Are you saying that Java need to take the same amount of time to mature? Give me a f***ing break!

  • Second article claimed Perl to be enterprise level software. Now first let me make it clear, if we all believe enterprise is a buzz word, I can assure you that no one ever claimed Java to be enterprise, this buzz word was for things like J2EE/Weblogic/Oracle etc. In order to count-attack, we have to step up the level of violence and insanity, right? So we claim Perl to be enterprise.

    First you claim to hate buzz word, when you found out that everybody gives lots of shit to buzz word, you start to be jealous and saying that "no, no, no, I am not more enterprise than anyone else". What a sad joke!

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