So I started a web job recently that I was told involved Perl and PHP.
That’s cool, I’m up on both of those and it would be extra fun because there might be database work involved.
Well, it turns out that it isn’t so.
In fact, it’s a server that only has ASP and VBScript.
They may have JScript too.
But i figure that writing stuff in ages-old BASIC that I leanred in the late 1970’s is safer than learning a new language and implementing an app with it in the space of a couple of weeks. Man, what a letdown.
I had forgotten just how brain-damaged BASIC really is.
I was HOPING that VBScript, being a huge subset of Microsoft’s cornerstone, Visual Basic, would have maybe, hopefully evolved nicely.
But no, I discover that it has idiotic things like different keywords for functions that return a value versus ones that don’t.
I mean, come on!
It’s not like the funcion declares its return type or anything.
And how ass-backwards is it that you return a value by assigning it to the name of the function?
Geez! Grow up a couple of decades, why don’t you?
They had BASICs with “return” statements back in the 1980’s. Sorry, it’s just so sad to work with such a big pile of stinking poo.
Not that Perl is a panacea by any stretch of the imagination.
Nor PHP, which is really just a castrated Perl.
If you’ve been reading you know that I loooove
that darling of scripting languages.