Larry Wall Quotes

Larry Wall (born September 27, 1949) is a computer programmer and author. He created the Perl programming language.

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Larry Wall


When I announced the development of Perl 6, I said it was going to be a community design. I designed Perl, myself. It's limited by my own brain power. So I wanted Perl 6 to be a community design.

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Younger hackers are hard to classify. They're probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We're all over the map.

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Take Lisp, you know its the most beautiful language in the world -- at least up until Haskell came along.

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The world has become a larger place. The universe has been expanding, and Perl's been expanding along with the universe.

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Lisp has all the visual appeal of oatmeal with fingernail clippings mixed in.

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As a linguist, I don't think of Ada as a big language. Now, English and Japanese, those are big languages. Ada is just a medium-sized language.

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It's there as a sop to former Ada programmers.

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I want to see people using Perl to glue things together creatively, not just technically but also socially.

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Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist.

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Hubris itself will not let you be an artist.

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I'm sorry, but you just made me lose my sense of humor, which is deeply regrettable.

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Even the White House has a press agent.

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Computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is.

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Computer languages differ not so much in what they make possible, but in what they make easy.

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Though I'll admit readability suffers slightly...

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