Dear Perl community,

I just wasted 15 minutes of my life trying to figure out how to get the index of a particular element in an array. Turns out I have to write a for loop to walk through the array. This is insulting.

Seriously, it’s 2007. If at this point in time you’re still defending your beloved language and/or using words like “elegant” or “quick” when describing Perl, you’re bat shit crazy. My 2c.

Love, Carlo.

Addendum, 2007-07-04, 9:14 CEST: I forgot to mention a few things.

  • It wasn’t my choice to use Perl, I just have to deal with it.
  • I was talking about a very limited set of unique strings.
  • The Perl Cookbook offered a solution, which is seven lines of code, the core being a for loop.
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