Perl’s grassroots vibe (Larry calls it a “blue-collar language”) made it an auspicious choice for the theme of the first geek cruise. As Collin Starkweather, one of the coders from Active.com, put it: “Perl is the language of choice for people who code recreationally and relish the company of other coders.”
This sense of playfulness was palpable all over the ship, in streamlined exchanges like this that could never happen on a mailing list:
JASMINE: May I ask a quick question?
RANDAL: (drinking coffee and eating a cookie) Sure, but don’t make me talk too much.
JASMINE: When using strict …
RANDAL: (smile, nod )
JASMINE: … and using libraries or modules, strict doesn’t …
RANDAL: (shakes head)
JASMINE: … and there’s no way …
RANDAL: (shakes head )