• Subject: Re: Extract number from character field(Perl syntax) (wayy off topic)
  • From: Jim Langston <jlangston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1999 13:11:53 -0800
  • Organization: Conex Global Logistics Services, Inc.

APL, ahh, what a cryptic language.  I would write a small program (one
line) then go back to it a week later and not know what it did.  Would have
to go through it character by character to figure out what I did.

It was a very powerful language, but very hard to modify and maintain.

Which is probably why it is not a mainstream language.

That is about the same issue I have with Perl.  And although Perl is extremely
powerful in parsing, I don't feel it is ever going to make it really big. And
even though the argument can be brought up that it is already "big", I don't
think it's going to get much bigger.


Jim Langston

Carl Galgano wrote:

> Sounds a lot like APL, very cryptic, but powerful, evaluation take place
> from right to left, excellent for muti dimensional arrays, tables, etc.
> Wrote it years ago on an old IBM370.  There is a company called Eventra
> (formerly called The APL Group) that sells a commercial EDI translator
> written entirely in APL, boy is it fast, and it is interpreted.

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