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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 12 2014, @11:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-was-doing-OK-until-it-mentioned-perl dept.

xyzzyyzzyx writes:

"Avantslash is touting a user hosted perl script that, if paired with any web browser with JavaScript, promises to shave crucial bytes off of the standard Slash-based experience, one of which is our very own SoylentNews. Audiences include those with very limited bandwidth, such as those in developing countries with only 2G mobile access or dialup."

 
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  • (Score: 2) by stderr on Thursday March 13 2014, @12:12AM

    by stderr (11) on Thursday March 13 2014, @12:12AM (#15624) Journal

    janrinok, care to explain why you think it's a problem the script is written in perl?

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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday March 13 2014, @03:08AM

    Just a bit of good-natured ribbing, I expect. This kind of quickly developed, useful mangling of text is exactly where perl truly outshines all other languages.
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    My rights don't end where your fear begins.
  • (Score: 1) by Twike on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:21AM

    by Twike (483) <lure@comiclisting.info> on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:21AM (#15712)

    Maybe janrinok remembers the old joke, executable line noise.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 13 2014, @09:41AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 13 2014, @09:41AM (#15775)

    Well, I think others have already answered this. Firstly, the Dept field tends to be lighthearted unless the topic for discussion is grave and deserving of a more serious approach. In this case, I chose the lighthearted feel. Secondly, Having spent everyday since we started slashcott providing support of some description to the guys doing the hard work, I am only too aware of the problems caused by the rats' nest of perl code that is at the heart of this project. Finally, going back and looking at perl after many years away from it - and having discovered Python in the meantime - I am amazed that I ever managed to write anything that was maintainable all those years ago. I know all the retorts about anyone can write bad code in any language, but reading perl does not feel as natural as reading many other languages, despite its obvious power and the large treasure trove that is CPAN. If it is your favourite language, good on you, but don't take offence at my poor attempt at a light-hearted quip.

    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Thursday March 13 2014, @09:46AM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 13 2014, @09:46AM (#15777) Journal

      For those that haven't yet worked it out - I am the AC that replied above. Must have been finger trouble on my part to end up as AC!

    • (Score: 2) by hankwang on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:57PM

      by hankwang (100) on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:57PM (#16009) Homepage

      "don't take offence at my poor attempt at a light-hearted quip."

      No offence taken. I wrote most of the code and I'm in a hate-love relation with perl myself. Python is nice, but much slower to run as CGI.