As I sit pondering my peas at the dinner table, my thoughts are unnaturally drawn to the similarity between these pulses and Perl. A famous poet once said that "For a hungry man, green peas are more shiny than gleaming pearls". From these green orbs on my plate, the mind drifts to a recent virtual conversation regarding logos, branding, rebirth and innovation in Perl. One wonders whether such heated debates are important, relevant and what it might mean for Perl in the future. The Camel (from the O'Reilly Book on Perl) has long been the image associated with the language, along with the Onion (Origin perhaps from Larry Walls' "state of the onion" presentation). Personally it is not something that I feel passionately about. "Perl, with any other logo would be just as quirky" as Will Shakespeare is reported to have said. But The Camel is the popular, recognisable standard "logo" with some, as yet to be tested, copyright and trademark "issues"
Any way I took it myself to analyse the situation and have finally come to the conclusion that we may be looking at the "problem" the wrong way. Perhaps we are looking at the bigger picture when we should seeing the picture bigger. Maybe, just maybe, that picture of a camel doesn't symbolise Perl, but in fact IS Perl...Perl code, that is. I know it is possible to make pictures that aren't valid perl code. But perhaps over the decades of use we have come to accept an illusion as a reality. When one gives such an illusion a "True" value, one also blurs the distinction between the Virtual Image and a Real Image.. You see a Virtual Image is an image that APPEARS to represent something, but only a Real Image can be projected.