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The Camel Paradox

Rolf Langsdorf — 20 minutes 🐪

Trying to analyze what Perl is and how to sell it to relevant stakeholders

Perl is an incredible flexible language that allows you - like a camel - to survive in different ecosystems.

Be it as

- interactive scripting language like Bash,
- functional like LISP,
- object-oriented like Python,
- DSL capable like Ruby

or only almost as good?

At the same time, Perl is under attack by specialist which struggle with the general elements.

Figuratively speaking, they do not see the flexible camel but only the "ugly" horse or the "inefficient" cow.

In this talk, I would like to think about who these user groups are (clients, university teachers, students, developers, ...) and how they should be addressed in a better way.

Redefining Perl as a generalist with excellent coverage of sub-domains would put things into the right perspective and help justifying how Perl does things an where it excels.



Perl versions
🐪 Perl 5
Target audience
Intermediate
Talk duration
20 minutes
Talk status
accepted