Scripts are not Evil
There is a nearly universal confusion among advanced Perl programmers that "scripts" are just badly written "programs". This error means that one of Perl's greatest strengths is considered "bad". Scripts are a type of program, not a badly written one. Scripting, used extensively by systems administrators, are a way to attract new programmers to Perl—first as a "scripting" language, and then, when they see it's power and flexibility, as the general purpose programming language we all know it to be. The talk will focus on how to help new programmers coming from the sysadmin angle to get the most out of Perl, and how to avoid chasing away new and active Perl community members.
Attended by: Matthew Wilson (diakopter),