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Legacy

I know that lots of design influences in Perl came from APL. Some people say some of the crypticness of Perl comes from APL. I don’t know if this is a compliment or not.

Adin: Let me give you an example of that kind of compliment. There is a lot of politics involved in the design and use of programming languages, particularly in a place like IBM where it is a business. At various times, people tried to set up competitive experiments to see if APL would do better than, say, PL1 or FORTRAN. The results were always loaded, because the judges were people on the other side, but there is one comment that I always remember from some functionary: he said APL can’t be very good because two of the smartest guys he knew, Iverson and Falkoff, can’t make people believe in it.


  

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