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Vincent Caron

  • About: Yet another Perl hacker.
  • Commented on Perl and Me, Part 5: Speaking with the speech of coders
    Thanks for this great post series. It makes me realize why I love Perl although I remember I had such a hard time to learn it at first (programming CGI's back in '98). And why other languages feel a bit...
  • Commented on how I learned to plot a mandelbrot set
    Mandelbrot is a cool example, I've been found about fractals for more than 20 years... This year, while giving a Perl course to my students, I demo'ed a Mandelbrot sample with SDL (10 minutes). Then sped it up by rewriting...
  • Commented on Why you don't need File::Slurp…
    There's a flaw IMHO, read() may not return the whole file content (and actually it won't with large files), depends on OS buffering. The usual boilerplate includes a while() and buffer concatenation. With a small fix that could still be...
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  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlKCInGw3AtPhoc4NBTcIFE1ggZxSjXMXY commented on Why you don't need File::Slurp…
    There's a flaw IMHO, read() may not return the whole file content (and actually it won't with large files), depends on OS buffering. The usual boilerplate includes a while() and buffer concatenation.

    AFAIK, sysread() might return partial data. But read() should return whole file (it's there are no problems with memory allocation in Perl). Can you point a place where the behaviour you describe is documented ?

  • Nate Glenn commented on Perl and Me, Part 5: Speaking with the speech of coders

    Thanks for a great post! I'm a linguistics geek myself. One thing about Perl that is very languagey to me is the way it binds our community together. We create and share idioms. Certain styles and usages ebb and flow. There are prescriptivists and descriptivists. There are native great works, and a lot of translations from other languages. Our homeland is CPAN. I'm glad to be speaking a living, evolving creole instead of, say, Boeing Simplified English.

  • Buddy Burden commented on Perl and Me, Part 5: Speaking with the speech of coders

    Thanks for the compliments Vincent. I'm not a fan of Python, but I like what little of Ruby I've played with. It just doesn't compare to Perl, in most ways.

    I think you hit the nail on the head with this comment:

    And programming without pleasure and motivation gives dull programs.

    Amen brother. :-)

  • Buddy Burden commented on Perl and Me, Part 5: Speaking with the speech of coders

    Nate, thanks for the kind words, and I think you grokked what I was trying to say in this post perfectly. Not all Perl is literature, just as not all writing is literature. But some of it is, and often literature influences language just as language influences literature. It's a dialectic, to use a fancy word I learned in college. ;->

  • ajr commented on Perl and Me, Part 5: Speaking with the speech of coders

    Would a language with exactly one way to say things be a monolect?

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