$tune = $Aerosmith['Pink'] Perl, It's my new obsession Perl!~/\?/ Perls on the neck of your lover 'coz Perl gives you stuff to discover Perl at the bin in my /usr Perl, cos you are no luser Perl, it's the coding with passion cos() today it just goes with the Slashdot Perl, what a mess at first sight Perl, with the syntax so wild Perl, gets the lowest of nice And I think all these bugs are going to multiply no matter what we hack tonight. - you could be my dromedary 'coz Perl is a lingo so scary Perl likes its vars with the dollar it's curled but you don't ever tell 'er, yeah Perl, what a mess at first sight... And I think all this code is going to self-rewrite no matter what we eval() tonight. I want to be your regex I wanna doc you in latex Perl on the screens that we key on Perl, do I hate that one python, yeah Perl, what a mess at first sight... And I think all this code is going to multiply no matter what we eval() toniiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
I got this idea while working 16-hour days on a project in Perl, in the spring of 2001. Had never used the language before. I'm a big fan of Python but there was something fun about the obscurity and hackitude of Perl - like the fact that on my third day coding Perl I had to write some self-modifying code to get something done compactly. In essence, Perl and Python compare like poetry and scientific publications. IMHO serious programming should be more like science, but that doesn't mean poetry isn't fun.