Re: Best unix programming language or tool for dealing with plaintext DBs?

From: Russell Shaw (
Date: 11/05/05

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 13:38:01 +1100

Pascal Bourguignon wrote:
> joe@invalid.address writes:
>> writes:
>>>Måns Rullgård wrote:
>>>>>Would you guys suggest I learn perl before lisp, or lisp before
>>>>"LISP is worth learning for the profound enlightenment experience
>>>>you will have when you finally get it; that experience will make
>>>>you a better programmer for the rest of your days." -- Eric
>>>>S. Raymond
>>>>You'll probably find it easier coming to terms with Perl.
>>>I'm so sorry, I'm a little thick today, does this mean that learning
>>>perl first would be easier, or that learning lisp first would make
>>>it easier for me to come to terms with perl when i later learn it?
>>Forget about lisp for something like this. This kind of thing is what
>>perl was made for.
> perl is unreadable and unwritable. At least, with APL it was
> unreadable, but you could write it...
> Lisp is readable and writable.

Perl is easy once you rtfm and use comments. I've only ever heard
of lisp being used for some editor that masquerades as an OS;)