19 August 2001, 12:07 GMT
"Extreme Perl is much more extreme than plain boring old XP," XPerl founder Mary Squalor
"Perl Is Very, Very Extreme"
"Us Perl users stand by our convictions that Perl is still very much the ultimate
programming language, and its followers shall one day inherit the Earth. That is why we truly
deserve the XP moniker."
Extreme Neo-XP fanatic Nathan 'Dwayne' Nockson disagrees: "This is much less to do with language
than it is to do with recognition and acceptance of what XP is really all about," he explains.
"In fact, XP does not preclude the use of any programming language. We welcome all devotees into
our fold, regardless of race, creed or religion. Or programming language. Everyone that is
prepared to adapt to our special ways, is welcome into our methodology cult."
Nevertheless, the surprise lawsuit is proceeding. Mary Squalor explains: "Extreme Perl goes much,
much further than XP. Dwayne is right, it's not about the language. Perl is simply the medium
with which we express ourselves. It happens to be exactly right for our needs, as it is so pure and simple, and yet so cryptic and impossible to decipher.
For us it is the perfect paradox - it sort of cleanses our spirits and our minds, and encourages the more 'extreme' aspects of our
methodology - the peer reviews, the hall of shame and of course the beatings - to manifest
The suit will be heard in the Central Missouri Small Claims Court next Thursday.
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NY Times: Extreme Pogo-Stick Club Suing For Use of XP Acronym
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