Perl would be Voodoo

Perl would be Voodoo – An incomprehensible series of arcane incantations that involve the blood of goats and permanently corrupt your soul. Often used when your boss requires you to do an urgent task at 21:00 on friday night. From If programming languages were religions…, via mt’s shared list.

The comments add Fortran and Assembler. I do C nowadays. Matlab and IDL don’t get a look in.


  1. #1 Eli Rabett

    There are other versions of this, along the line of

    COBOL was designed so that managers could read code.
    FORTRAN is for scientists who think they are programmers.
    ADA comes from a committee – a government committee no less.
    PASCAL is for criminals.
    LOGO is for children.
    APL is for Martians.
    C++ is the only current language making COBOL look good

    Modified slightly from

  2. #2 bi -- IJI

    Bleh, Perl has nothing on the Bourne shell with its Byzantine quoting and substitution rules.

    Speaking of Perl, I’m going to try to figure out how to represent a doubly-linked list of URLs in a persistent database object (DB_File).

  3. #3 S2

    How to shoot yourself in the foot:

    (Several years old now, I can’t remember where I first read it).

  4. #4 Michael Tobis

    Thanks I think… My shared list, however, is here .

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