I committed a shibboleth! What a schmendrick! Obviously I am only a
S.A.S. programmer and have no knowledge of Perl.
Only 2999 replies to go! :-)
Perl was originally named "Pearl", after "the pearl of great price" of
Matthew 13:46. Larry Wall wanted to give the language a short name with
positive connotations; he claims that he looked at (and rejected) every
three- and four-letter word in the dictionary. He also considered naming
it after his wife Gloria. Wall discovered before the language's official
release that there was already a programming language named PEARL and
changed the spelling of the name.
The name is normally capitalized (Perl) when referring to the language
and uncapitalized (perl) when referring to the interpreter program
itself since Unix-like filesystems are case sensitive. Before the
release of the first edition of Programming Perl it was common to refer
to the language as perl; Randal L. Schwartz, however, forced the
uppercase language name in the book to make the name stand out better
when typeset. The case distinction was subsequently adopted by the
It is not appropriate to write "PERL", as it is not an acronym. The
spelling of PERL in all caps is therefore used as a shibboleth for
detecting community outsiders. However, several backronyms have been
suggested, including the humorous Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish
Lister. The more serious Practical Extraction and Report Language has
prevailed in many of today's manuals, including the official Perl man
page. It is also consistent with the old name "Pearl": Practical
Extraction And Report Language.
DDS Data Extraction
From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
David L Cassell
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 11:20 PM
Subject: Re: Filename URL and Cookies
pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV wrote back:
>Reading past posts I see the honorable David L. Cassell recommends PERL
>is usual, and also that there's a cool free app out there called cURL
>can be used with a filename pipe. Otherwise SAS filename URL doesn't
You might be able to use the SOCKET engine and fake your own HTTP to get
around this, but that is likely to be even ickier than the above
Oh, and the language is Perl. Just as we don't spell a certain 4GL
language of Larry Wall is "Perl". Which stands for "Pathologically
Lister". If you don't believe me, just look in "Programming Perl." :-)
>Btw - if I reply to myself 3000 more times I'll have more posts than
>and Toby combined!
Nah, just take the Bill Viergever approach. Top-post to every thread
"I agree" or "Ditto!" or "<vbseg>". :-) :-) :-)
(Now I'll have to watch out for Bill! :-)
David L. Cassell
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