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Re: Matlab

Quoth Paul Prescod on Monday, 10 December:
: hashtables are very important in Perl also.

I would take this a step further, and say that Perl has become two
very different languages, conjoined at the hip.  One is a scripting
language for systems tasks and one-offs which concentrates almost
exclusively on strings, and the other is an OOPL for large systems and
persistent code, which concentrates with similar intensity on hash
tables and package structure qua classes.

(One might say that Perl is about 5 or 7 different languages,
interlaced, on historical grounds, but I deem 6 of the 7 sufficiently
similar to be considered one integrated string scripting language.)