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Fri, 31 Jan 2014

A great meditation -- in eight parts -- on programming from Perl coder Buddy Burden

Buddy Burden writes a great eight-part series, Perl and Me, on his approach to programming, how he came to code in Perl and what he thinks is wrong (and right) with the profession and teaching of programming.

It's not all about Perl, though much of it is. Every programmer should read it.

My favorite is Perl and Me, Part 7: The Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World

I would offer a few quotes from Part 7, but the whole thing is so good that you should just go read it now), then go back to Part 1.


Topics in the series range from expressiveness in coding, to object-oriented programming, legibility of code, how code is (or should be) like language, programming as art and not just engineering, to the constant evolution of Perl.

But if you want to read only one entry in the series, Perl and Me, Part 7: The Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World is the one.