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 at 3:16
  • @Max I know it's a brand, but why mentioned a brand in a technical article? – Sayakiss Apr 25 at 3:17
  • Because it was a characteristic of the clothing style of the '90s coders. – Robusto Apr 25 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 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 at 11:55

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