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7/31/2005
  The future of programming

About 10 years ago, I mused to my coworkers that all programming in the future is just going to be knowing APIs.

Here's what modern perl programming is like:

 use File::Slurp;
 use Email::Store "dbi:SQLite:dbname=mailstore.db";
 use File::Find::Rule;
    for (File::Find::Rule->file->name(qr/\d+/)->in("perl6-language")) {
        Email::Store::Mail->store(scalar read_file($_));
    }

What does that do? Simple, it reads a directory of mail archive files (numerical file names) into a database. Right? Obvious. 2mins to program! Great.

But it reminds me of the old joke about the $10,000 Furnace repair bill:

1) Hitting furnace with hammer: $2
2) Knowing where to hit:        $9,998
 


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