- From: Brad Knowles <
- To: Julian C. Dunn <
- Cc: Brad Knowles <
>, Chef Dev <
- Subject: [chef-dev] Re: Dialect support and loading enhancements
- Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:23:06 -0500
On Sep 20, 2013, at 10:54 AM, Julian C. Dunn
> Sysadmins "program" all the time. We see nothing wrong with hacking up
> some bash, Perl, sendmail.cf (</joking>) to solve a problem. Call it
> by another name if you like ("scripting") but it's still programming.
> We shouldn't add features to our software to solve a semantics
I've known a number of people who have had no end of problems with Sendmail.
After I recognized that it was a 4th generation self-recursive production
language much like the Prolog language we used when I was a senior in
college, I never had any problems with it afterwards -- and I became the
comp.mail.sendmail FAQ maintainer, and so on.
But my being able to script in bash, perl, etc... doesn't make me a natural
programmer. There comes a point where a difference in scale becomes a
difference in kind, and with regards to scripting versus programming, I am
permanently stuck on the short end of that stick.
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