Wish Setup would accept my Perl

Warren Young warren@etr-usa.com
Wed Nov 7 21:45:00 GMT 2007

Dave Korn wrote:
>   Heh, how can you tell the difference?  Perl basically IS the shell, plus awk
> and sed, all wrapped up into a kind-of-a-language lucky dip/grabbag/jumble
> sale.

Uh, 15 years ago maybe.  Many's the time I've started with a shell 
script happily, then evolved it over time until it had to be rewritten 
in Perl.  Each tool in its place.

Even if we accept that there's nothing you can do in Perl that you can't 
do in an amalgam of sed/perl/sh, it's a pretty silly argument.  bc is 
Turing-complete, too, so why don't we just write everything in that?

Syntax matters.

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