Subject: Re: How is perl braindamaged? (was Re: Is LISP dying?)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/07/28
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Ray Blaak <>
| In fact, if I was stuck on a desert island, and good only keep one
| programming language, it would probably be perl, due to its infectious
| usefulness.

  hmmm.  you got me thinking now.

  I'd choose Common Lisp, because what Perl has that Common Lisp doesn't
  have would keep me occupied for about six months, and then I'd have an
  even more infectiously useful tool that'd last me a long time plus there
  would be a good reason for people to save me.  if you choose Perl, you
  either set out to do useful stuff immediately and exhaust the offers of
  the desert island in six months and go nuts, or you set out to write a
  Common Lisp in Perl, but then it would also be most beneficial for
  society not to save you.

  suppose we blasted all politicians into space.
  would the SETI project find even one of them?