The article:

Back in the 90’s, a lot of people were wearing Converse shoes and writing CGI scripts in Perl. Then PHP came along and, as much as some people like to rag on it, it made making dynamic web pages much easier.

So, what does "wearing Converse shoes" means here? Is "Converse shoes" just a popular element in the 90’s?

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    Are you aware that Converse is a brand? Does that answer your question? – Em. Apr 25 '18 at 3:16
  • @Max I know it's a brand, but why mentioned a brand in a technical article? – Sayakiss Apr 25 '18 at 3:17
  • Because it was a characteristic of the clothing style of the '90s coders. – Robusto Apr 25 '18 at 3:19
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    And it's just a way of creating a picture of the entire time: "back in the 90s, a lot of people were wearing Converse shoes and writing CGI scripts in Perl" gives the implication that just like we don't wear Converse very much anymore, we don't write CGI scripts in Perl anymore. – stangdon Apr 25 '18 at 4:28
  • Converse shoes are cited as an outmoded style. This is not "technical" writing, BTW. The verb rag on is slang. It is very common for the authors of such books to use a very informal style in the belief that it makes the subject matter more palatable and less daunting. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 25 '18 at 11:55

This is just a way of setting the scene, talking about what things were like in the 90s. It's contextualising in a way that helps people build up a mental picture. There is no other particular value to it - just talking about context that helps further the idea that things were different back then.

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