Thursday, August 28, 2008

Celebrity sighting(?)

My last post was about Perl and my experiences working with it and its fans. I'm not a huge fan of the language - I'm planning another post that details what I like and don't like about it. I think it has few characteristics that are fundamentally flawed, for example.

However, I'm pretty sure I saw Larry Wall in the Detroit airport a few weekends ago when I was flying to Seattle for a friend's wedding. The excitement that I heard in my own voice when I pointed him out to my wife Jenn made me realize that I think Perl's good points have been a positive influence on programming culture.

So thanks, Larry.

2 comments:

QuinnFazigu said...

You should have related to him the worst of your Perl experiences and ask how he reconciles such horrors with his belief in a loving and merciful God.

Kevin C. Baird said...

Thanks, Quinn. Entertaining point.

I would be very happy to live in a universe where the worst evil that anyone ever had to endure was me having to put up with a programming language with some features that moderately annoy me.