A Million Billion Squiggly Characters

A Million Billion Squiggly Characters

By Ricardo Signes (‎rjbs‎)
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:00
Duration: 50 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: hates_the_living text unicode utf

Encoding is the worst‼

At first it seems simple — you just add "_utf8" to some methods, and things work. Later, you realize that there's a "UTF8 flag" that governs whether things will work. Everything gets better! 😃

Except then people start telling you that you're an idiot, and that this flag isn't anything to do with Unicode. (They don't listen when you remind them about its name!)

Why is encoding so stupid? Why is perl so stupid? Why is everyone involved so stupid? Who might exist, stupid enough to try to communicate the answers to these questions?

I'm here to help.

Attended by: Chad Granum (‎Exodist‎), Todd Rinaldo (‎toddr‎), Dave Rolsky (‎autarch‎), Lee Johnson, Steven Nunnally, Jeff Till, Greg Brennan, Steve Nolte (‎mcsnolte‎), Marcos Laborde, Brian Kelly, David H. Adler (‎dha‎), James Lenz (‎Jim‎), gary, Jason Crome (‎CromeDome‎), Matt Creenan, Josh Lavin (‎digory‎), Victor Stevko, Michael South (‎msouth‎), Thomas Glase, Mickey Nasriachi (‎Mickey‎), Matthew Horsfall (‎alh‎), Aran Deltac (‎bluefeet‎), atoomic, Chuck Hardin, Mark Gardner (‎mjgardner‎), Chip Salzenberg (‎Chip‎), Buddy Burden (‎barefootcoder‎), Galen Charlton, Jeremy Holland, John Anderson (‎genehack‎), Randal Schwartz (‎merlyn‎), Doug Bell (‎preaction‎), Alexander Vipach, Karsten Schiela, Ben Tyler, Russ Brewer (‎Russ‎), Walt Mankowski (‎waltman‎), Jon Gentle (‎atrodo‎), Aaron Staves (‎astaves‎), Jim Toth, Brad Oaks (‎bradoaks‎), Ricardo Signes (‎rjbs‎),