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Re: Perl and linguistics. (Was: neatroff for Russian.)

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: Perl and linguistics. (Was: neatroff for Russian.)
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2023 09:33:47 +0100

Hi Oliver,

BTW, are you subscribed to  If so, I'll stop mailing you
directly too.

> and from there directly jumped to Perl the moment I familiarized
> myself with X11 workstations at our university, due to its wonderfully
> elliptical style (I am a linguist by training, and many of the Perl
> language constructs just got alive in my brain the very instant I used
> them for the first time).

I assume you know that Perl's creator, Larry Wall, studied linguistics
at the University of California, Berkeley?  That shows up in Perl's
design and what he has written about Perl over the years, e.g. on

> Later I started learning Prolog, but never made it to Py (and anything
> that follows).

If you ever feel the need for a modern compiled language for that bit
more speed, consider Go.  It has a simple clean syntax and two-thirds of
its designers are Bell Labs alumni.  Arguably three-quarters given Russ
Cox joining early on to shape the standard library.

Cheers, Ralph.

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