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Perl is a post-modern aesthetic languageby cosimo (Hermit)
|on Jan 16, 2005 at 21:21 UTC||Need Help??|
These days I was thinking that Perl, which is by no doubt my preferred programming language, is also an highly aesthetical language. If you look at perl6 language (off-site), several discussions about core language grammar and features can be cut down to "language aesthetical beauty". While someone talks about a syntax and tells that it is nice and clean, some other says that one expression looks ugly, ...
What I think is that I like to express my perly style through code reformatting and "tuning" to make it look nice, clean and expressive.
Probably an example can clarify my confused ideas. The following code, for my own personal perl aesthetic taste, is awfully ugly:
I surely prefer something like:
In fact, I really hate those &function_calls(), the use of double quotes around "$scalars" (if they don't have a special meaning), and so on...
What is special and wonderful about Perl is that you can express your own style, very much like spoken language.
Trying to apply your personal stylish influence to Java, or (worse) to Python (which BTW is a wonderful language) IMHO just won't make sense...
(no language flames should start from here :-)
Another sub-meditation: isn't Perl6 design highly influenced by aesthetical appearance ?
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