No, not that – it’s Perl day. (Well, actually it’s just Wednesday, but you get the idea).
Sometimes it seems that everybody likes to hate on Perl, but I think their
animus is misdirected. It’s not Perl that’s the problem, it’s those \^\$(.#!)?$
Or, as Jamie Zawinski once said
“Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.”.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to write whole Perl programs that
actually accomplish useful work, without any regular expressions at all! And, if you do
that, you can actually read the code!
It turns out that Perl is a dandy scripting language, and while some may take issue
with its flexibility (“There’s more than one way to do it”), others (including me) find that flexibility very useful.